edited by Ruxandra Cesereanu
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“What emerges here is a phantasmagoric, often magical erotica, a surrealism of the body & the mind that directs it, as conveyed by a generation of poets experiencing the possibility of a newly opened poetics of liberation. The resultant work is a revelation of what poetry can do when unleashed, in its most radical forms, to imagine & to reflect the fullest panoply of human needs & desires. As it comes to us here in America, it is also a great pleasure to read & to absorb, from cover to cover.”
“Erotic, erratic, heretic, that is what Romanian poetry is like, writes MARGENTO (Chris Tanasescu), himself a major voice who has labored tirelessly in promoting poetry in translation both from and into Romanian. Make no doubt about it: the work by new Romanian poets writing today is among the strongest, perhaps the strongest poetic tradition in Eastern Europe. And, here is our chance to see these wild and brilliant Romanians at play: there are songs of praise, of lament, chants, invocations, surreal moments, realist sketches, lyrical asides, hymns, and many other forms of poetic utterance brought together by their erotic impulse. There are great voices here, totally unpredictable, totally unafraid. Special gratitude goes to the editors and translators of this work for making it available in English in versions so mesmerizing as these.”
Pete’s Candy Store, December 16, 6-7 PM
Ruxandra Cesereanu’s Moods & Women & Men is a scintillating new anthology of contemporary Romanian Erotic Poetry. Celebrate the book’s launch with rare U.S appearance from the book’s editor, Chris Tanasescu—of the Poetry-performance/action painting/rock band MARGENTO and Martin Woodside—of Philadelphia. Loud and Filthy. Lyrical, Profane, and one night only.
About the Editor
Ruxandra Cesereanu is a poet, novelist, and essayist who lives and works as a Literature Professor in Cluj. A founding member of The Phantasma Center for Imaginative Studies and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Steaua (The Star), she is author of seven collections of her own and two others coauthored with Andrei Codrescu and Marius Conkan. She believes that her numerous female personae participate in a quest for poetry—as remedy—and for the “killer instinct” in the “poet-beast.”
Authors and Translators in the Anthology
Radu Andriescu, Liviu Antonesei, Andrei Bantaș, Daniel Bănulescu, Florin Bican, Carmen Borbély, Emil Brumaru, Romulus Bucur, Ruxandra Cesereanu, Magda Cârneci, Gabriel Chifu, Dan Coman, Marius Conkan, Nicolae Coande, Sean Cotter, Daniela Crăsnaru, Magda Crețu, Nichita Danilov, Mircea Dinescu, Marian Drăghici, Rodica Draghincescu, Teodor Dună, Carmen Firan, Șerban Foarță, Iulian Fruntașu, Emilian Galaicu-Păun, Mihail Gălățanu, Adela Greceanu, Mihai Ignat, Letiția Ilea, Doina Ioanid, Nora Iuga, Claudiu Komartin, Ștefan Manasia, MARGENTO, Angela Marinescu, Michel Martin, O. Nimigean, Cosmin Perța, Marta Petreu, Adrian Popescu, Simona Popescu, Adrian Sângeorzan, Robert Șerban, Octavian Soviany, Dan Sociu, Adam J. Sorkin, Raluca Tanasescu, Floarea Țuțuianu, Lucian Vasiliu, Lidia Vianu, Miruna Vlada, Elena Vlădăreanu, and Martin Woodside.