translated from the Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin and Denisa Comănescu
Denisa Comănescu has published five books of poetry, among them Banishment from Paradise (1979, winner of a Writers' Union Debut prize), Boat on the Waves (1987), a volume of selected poems, The Trace of Fire (1999), and Now the Biography of Then (2000). Comănescu's poetry was included in the anthologies Silent Voices and Young Poets from a New Romania (Forest Books), When the Tunnels Meet (Bloodaxe), and Born in Utopia (Talisman House). Poems of hers in Adam J. Sorkin's translations have appeared in Omnibus [U.K.], Visions International, Exquisite Corpse, Puerto del Sol, 91st Meridian, The Connecticut Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine (which nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize), Zoland Poetry, Great River Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, and Osiris. Comănescu has taken part in the University of Iowa International Writing Program. She lives in Bucharest, where she coordinates a world literature series of Humanitas Publishing House.
Adam J. Sorkin is a translator of contemporary Romanian literature whose work has won the Poetry Society (U.K.) Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation for 2005, as well as the Kenneth Rexroth Memorial Translation Prize and the Ioan Flora Prize for Poetry Translation. Recent books include Mircea Ivănescu's lines poems poetry (2009), Ioan Es. Pop's No Way Out of Hadesburg (2010), and Ion Mureșan's The Book of Winter and Other Poems (2011), all translated with Lidia Vianu and published by University of Plymouth; the Ivănescu selection was shortlisted for the Poetry Society Popescu Prize for 2011. In 2011, he published A Path to the Sea by Liliana Ursu, translated with Ursu and Tess Gallagher (Pleasure Boat Studios—Silver Award Winner of ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award in poetry); Ioan Flora's Medea and Her War Machines, translated with Alina Cârâc (University of New Orleans Press); and The Vanishing Point That Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House).