Hands behind My Back: Selected Poems

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“If anybody except a poet were saying the things Sorescu says in his poems, he or she would be found insane. But this is what poetry should be doing, putting this kind of material into rational form.” (Russell Edson) In this collection the Romanian’s poems are expertly translated by two other Romanian writers and Stuart Friebert, with an introduction by noted Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

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“If anybody except a poet were saying the things Sorescu says in his poems, he or she would be found insane. But this is what poetry should be doing, putting this kind of material into rational form.” (Russell Edson) In this collection the Romanian’s poems are expertly translated by two other Romanian writers and Stuart Friebert, with an introduction by noted Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

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Russell Edson
"If anybody, except a poet, were saying the things Sorescu says in his poems, he or she would be found insane. But this is what poetry should be doing, putting this kind of material into rational form."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440570
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/1991
  • Series: FIELD Translation Series, #18
  • Edition description: Trans. from the Romanian
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
AFTER THE CREATION
After the Creation
Between Stars
Getting Used to Your Name
Giddyup!
Hide and Seek
Under the Door
And Everything Slips Easily Away...
Apparition
The House
Lightning Passed...
Segment
Burglars
Glimmer
Prayer
My Soul, You’re Good at Everything
Elegy
SUBJECTIVISM
Subjectivism
Spiral
Orbit
Game
Paintings
The Path
Pliers
Water of Life, Water of Death
About You
Perspective
Group
Launching
I Can’t Pass onto Anyone
I Stopped Right by the Tragic
WHERE WE FORGET
Where We Forget
Eyelashes
Reminiscences
Precaution
Dream
Signs
The Sacred Fire
Rift
Ouch! Ouch!
Mourning
Matinal
Let’s Help
Look
In the Sky
Passport
Pedestrian
Egg
Death Is a Miracle Too
Descent
Bocca Di Leone
Fire and Water
Laurel
Hymn
HISTORY AS THERAPY
History As Therapy
Pure Conversation with a Chinese Character
Fossil Hittite
Cognition
Cavafy
Good Advice
The Hermit
Lazarus’ Resurrection
The Ground
Laocoon
Fresco
Village Museum
Used Bookseller
Statue
Ulysses
Troy
Shakespeare
Hamlet, In Search
Poisoned
Chess
The Executioner with Seven Hands and the Victim with Seven Heads
MIRACLE
Miracle
Minus the Sea
The Mountains
Secret Transfusion
Pueblo
The Pluperfect
Insight
For the Birds Who’ve Disappeared
With Their Fingertips
The Match
The Snail
Oscillations
A Cat
Hyena
Whim
Alphabet
As If
Prayer II

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