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Hands Behind My Back
Selected Poems
Marin Sorescu; Gabriela Dragnea, trans.; Stuart Friebert, trans.; Adriana Varga, trans.



FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin
1991 • 168 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Poetry - European

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-57-0


Trans. from the Romanian

“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

From the Book:

About You

I’ve seen my face before
But can’t remember where.

Are you by chance the one
I laughed with
In a former life,
Gluing our noses to the world’s soul
Like a shop window?

You have a wrinkle on your forehead
Which reminds me of history
Modern and contemporary.

If I’m not mistaken, I’ve seen these eyes
Gazing at some usual things,
At sadness, night and fright.



Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:36 -0500