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Self-Sufficiency

I've never been self-sufficient, I know.
Always in the air, hanging – like a fruit from
Its tree, like an arrow from a bended bow,
Like a word from its etymology.

That sense I had, when I dreamed what I would be
Before I came to earth, altered long ago
Into hope forgotten. Now, it wells in me,
Changing all order, makes me a witness, grows -

A chain of mystery deferred, living
Still, though different, always flowing on
And paying with interest the same old sins

That I shall bequeath unto you when I'm gone
For you to understand, and wisely invest them,
Unborn reader waiting like an unborn son ...

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About the translation:
Poet:
Ana Blandiana
Translator:
Paul Scott Derrick, Viorica Patea
Original language:
Romanian
Issue:
2013 Number 2 - Between Clay and Star

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Ana Blandiana

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Ana Blandiana

Ana Blandiana is one of the most highly-acclaimed contemporary Romanian poets. She has published fourteen books of poetry, two...

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Paul Scott Derrick

Paul Scott Derrick is a Senior Lecturer in American literature at the University of Valencia. He has published translations in...

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Translator

Viorica Patea

Viorica Patea is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Salamanca. She has published crit...

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