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MihaelaMoscaliuc's lyric debut unveils Communist and post-Communist Romanian life, recounting experiences and landscapes like a true wanderer. Romantic and spellbinding, her quest to understand language, origin, and country unites celebration with mourning, the sacred with the profane, apathy with compassion.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Alice James Books
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I'm not a poet, no matter how much I might try to convince myself of the opposite. So judging poetry is, for me, difficult. Ultimately, I'm left with the age old "did I enjoy it? did it grab me in some fashion?" ideology when it comes to reading a collection of poetry. Sadly, the answers to those question in regards to Moscaliuc's work are "kind of, but not really." The style is fine, the subject matter is often at least kind of interesting, but not one of the poems in the book made me laugh out ...more
Reading Moscaliuc's first book can feel like you're talking to every ghost in every graveyard in Romania. Conjuring up her ancestry through lyric and narrative recollection, Moscaliuc traces her lineage through its blood and bureaucracy, its saga and secrets. At once relaxed and nihilistic in their earthy details, these poems tease out the reality and the imagination of a soul traumatized by the control of country and the regime of ancestry.
A revealing, often wrenching, collection of poetry from a native Romanian now living in the US. The speaker's struggle to achieve livable space in between two cultures, to better understand her passage from communist Romania to an imperfect America, her desire for "dreams in the American idiom,' lay at the heart of this ambitious and stirring debut collection.