Ileana Mălăncioiu


Romanian poet, Mălăncioiu is not afraid of rich multi-layered imagery, prophetic and political statement. 

Nor is she afraid of religious belief, which she wears in the poems without self-consciousness, in a robustly Old Testament spirit. Her poetry is dense with symbolism. Even in the contrasting spareness of her language she has an assurance and majesty. Her poetry should be read for many reasons, not least because these translations offer English language poetry new strategies and ways of existing. 

We have rather cut ourselves off from poetry like Mălăncioiu’s, which permits the presence of the grand and mythical, and in which there is a solemn and sincere belief in the continuity of imagination.

- from Sasha Dugdale's review in MPT Series 3/4 Between the Languages

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