A leading Romanian man-of-letters, Marin Sorescu was born of Otenian stock on February 18, 1936, in the village of Bulze┼čti, in the district of Dolj, Romania. He graduated with a degree in Philology from the University of I┼čai in 1960. He has worked as an editor on the literary paper Luceaf─ârul, as a producer with the Anima film studio in Bucharest and as editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine Ramuri.
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 ironyÔÇö"We wonder at nothing, / We make constant progress"ÔÇöand a sense of surpriseÔÇö"We learned at every turn / To be everlasting." Symmetries has been translated by John Robert Colombo, a Toronto poet and editor, and Petronela Nego┼čanu, a Bucharest translator and writer.
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.
Petronela Nego┼čanu is a Bucharest translator and writer.