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Adrian Paunescu, Romania's most famous poet

Adrian Paunescu, Romania's most famous poet

Wolfgang van Goethe: “Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.”

Wolfgang van Goethe: “Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.”

"What makes this moment unfold like a fine // woman raising herself up from the bathroom floor?" Adrian Matejka, End of Side A (2012 Poetry Magazine)

"What makes this moment unfold like a fine // woman raising herself up from the bathroom floor?" Adrian Matejka, End of Side A (2012 Poetry Magazine)

"It is scribbled across each body /   Impossible even to name a word" - Michael Palmer, Eighth Sky - 2006 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

"It is scribbled across each body / Impossible even to name a word" - Michael Palmer, Eighth Sky - 2006 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

"This city is beauty / unbreakable and amorous as eyelids, / in the streets, pressed with fierce departures, / submerged landings, / I am innocent as thresholds / and smashed night birds, lovesick, / as empty elevators" - Dionne Brand, from thirsty - Griffin Poetry Prize 2002 judge, 2003 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist, 2011 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner

"This city is beauty / unbreakable and amorous as eyelids, / in the streets, pressed with fierce departures, / submerged landings, / I am innocent as thresholds / and smashed night birds, lovesick, / as empty elevators" - Dionne Brand, from thirsty - Griffin Poetry Prize 2002 judge, 2003 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist, 2011 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner

"Meanwhile, a sky tunnelling upward— / sense of proportion—golden section / of elder hedge; then the disgraceful paddock gone wild." - Fiona Sampson, The Lodger - Griffin Poetry Prize 2012 judge

"Meanwhile, a sky tunnelling upward— / sense of proportion—golden section / of elder hedge; then the disgraceful paddock gone wild." - Fiona Sampson, The Lodger - Griffin Poetry Prize 2012 judge

"let’s imagine a new place between us / slightly suspended in air but yet touching / earth" - Di Brandt, because we cannot meet on father ground - 2004 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

"let’s imagine a new place between us / slightly suspended in air but yet touching / earth" - Di Brandt, because we cannot meet on father ground - 2004 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

"I've heard there's a place where fish / swim up and down a ladder, mouthing through murk / like cruising angels" - Susan Wicks, Nuclear - 2010 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist (translating Valerie Rouzeau)

"I've heard there's a place where fish / swim up and down a ladder, mouthing through murk / like cruising angels" - Susan Wicks, Nuclear - 2010 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist (translating Valerie Rouzeau)

"I dream of the silence / the day before Adam came / to name the animals" - John Burnside, Septuagesima - Griffin Poetry Prize 2007 judge

"I dream of the silence / the day before Adam came / to name the animals" - John Burnside, Septuagesima - Griffin Poetry Prize 2007 judge

Kathleen Jamie (b. 1962) spent much of her early poetic career answering the question posed by the disapproving elders in her famous poem 'The Queen of Sheba': "whae do you think y'ur?". Born in Renfrewshire, Scotland she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. The pull towards home and away from it informs two of the themes in Jamie's work: Scottishness and her experience as a woman. (From Poetry Archive.com)

Kathleen Jamie (b. 1962) spent much of her early poetic career answering the question posed by the disapproving elders in her famous poem 'The Queen of Sheba': "whae do you think y'ur?". Born in Renfrewshire, Scotland she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. The pull towards home and away from it informs two of the themes in Jamie's work: Scottishness and her experience as a woman. (From Poetry Archive.com)

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