Three international poets (Joanna Kurowska, Katia Mitova & Stella Vinitchi Radulescu) present their poems and talk about alienation, crossing cultures and recovery by the force of poetry
About the books:
I Scrape the Window of Nothingness: New & Selected Poems is a selection from Stella Vinitchi Radulescu’s English-language work published over several decades, along with a substantial collection of unpublished work. Melding the mystical, Surrealist, and Modernist traditions, Radulescu’s work is unique in American poetry. Words become tactile objects in Radulescu’s hands, and her poems enable us to experience language as if for the first time. As one reads these poems, gleaming fragments of experience accrue and begin to cohere in unanticipated ways, forming a monument to the mystery of existence.
The Butterfly's Choice: Like the titular butterfly trapped in a headlamp, the poetry in Joanna Kurowska’s new poetry collection occupies the boundaries and extremities of our human condition, probing and challenging what it means to live “half-eaten” but still grasping at the possibility of hope and meaning, “yielding half-beauty to the world.” Informed on the one hand by the poet’s immigrant experience of shifting between homelands and languages, and underpinned by her exploration of Gnosticism, these are works of clear-eyed observation and studied contemplation.
Dream Diary: In Katia Mitova’s book, a mysterious Emperor observes that while dreaming and living curve toward each other, dreams tend to curve away from one another. Dream Diary is a poetic exploration of this claim. There is a dog called Euclid in the non-Euclidean world of the book. There is a young woman, Zena, with Blake’s “fearful symmetry” tattooed on her arm. There is a flight over Patagonia on swan’s wings. “The eyelids of darkness quiver with colors, foresee a thousand and one paths. All can be taken tonight…” reads the last poem in this collection.
About the authors:
Stella Vinitchi Radulescu is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Insomnia in Flowers (2008), All Seeds & Blues (2011), Some Words Suicidal (2014), and I scrape the window of nothingness (2015). Radulescu’s poems been published widely in American and international journals, such as Laurel Review, Seneca Review, Pleiades, Rhino, and many others.
Joanna Kurowska has published the poetry books The Butterfly’s Choice (2015), Inclusions (2014), The Wall & Beyond (2013), Obok : Near (1999) and Ściana : The Wall (1997). Her two other poetry collections, Intricacies and Stained Glass, are forthcoming. Her creative and scholarly works have been published widely in American and European journals.
Katia Mitova has published the poetry collections Dream Diary (2013) and Human Shell (1994) as well as fiction and essays in English, Polish, and Bulgarian. She has translated into Bulgarian twelve volumes of fiction and poetry, including books by Czesław Miłosz and Mark Strand. Her scholarly work focuses on creativity.