Symmetries

Overview

Here are fifty-four poems by the Romanian poet Marin Sorescu. The poems were written (to quote the poet) "So that researchers of the year 4000 / Will certify that I existed / Around the middle of the 20th Century. / More or less." They are characterized by irony—"We wonder at nothing, / We make constant progress"—and a sense of surprise—"We learned at every turn / To be everlasting." Symmetries has been translated by John Robert Colombo, a Toronto poet and editor, and Petronela Negoşanu, a Bucharest translator and writer.

About the Authors

Marin Sorescu

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Marin Sorescu

A leading Romanian man-of-letters, Marin Sorescu was born of Otenian stock on February 18, 1936, in the village of Bulzeşti, in the district of Dolj, Romania. He graduated with a degree in Philology from the University of Işai in 1960. He has worked as an editor on the literary paper Luceafărul, as a producer with the Anima film studio in Bucharest and as editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine Ramuri.

John Robert Colombo

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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John Robert Colombo

John Robert Colombo, the author of the best-selling Colombo's Canadian Quotations and Fascinating Canada, has written, translated, or edited over two hundred books. He is the recipient of the Harbourfront Literary Prize and the Order of Canada, and is a Fellow of the Frye Centre.