Poesia: Dan Sociu

Dan Sociu


who’s staring out of the window
on the eighth floor
the beaten woman
who’s staring out of the window
on the first floor:
the former is pitied
only by lost,
hungry seagulls


At 2:30 in the afternoon, my daughter’s asleep.
The little girls who made her pajamas
snore gently
on the other side of the world.


i’m coming back every winter
to my hometown to see my hands
in the light of my old room
they get tired they let themselves
be watched
the palms with the protuberant veins
like some small blue frozen
river on the shores of which
nobody would come to build a town
maybe just one without people
or maybe just two or three guys
with strange names hard to pronounce
with ugly faces – people whom you wouldn’t
want to see whom you would never
accept in your house


that dead bodies stretch
a few millimeters
you’ll be a taller woman
I’ll be a man more deeply in love,
I’ll be taller
you’ll feel sheltered.

Dan Sociu is a writer born May 20, 1978 in Botosani, Romania. He studied political science, philosophy, Romanian and Slavonic studies at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Jassy. He then worked there as a publisher’s reader and since 2005 has been working as an editor for a Bucharest publishing house. Sociu belongs to the younger generation of poets, the so-called poets of »2000« who are often called representatives of »Miserabilism« by Romanian literary critics. This expression defines both a tendency to take on the pose of anti-hero and biographical writing which puts an emphasis on the banality of everyday life, allowing itself to be influenced by American popular literature. In 2002 he made his literary début with the volume »borcane bine legate, bani pentru încă o săptămînă« (t: well sealed preserving jars, money for one more week) for which he was awarded the national prize to foster talent »Mihai Eminescu« in 2003. A year later he published his second volume of poems, »fratele păduche« (t: brother louse), and in 2005 he made a breakthrough with »cântece eXcesive« (t: eXcessive songs) which was awarded  Best Book of the Year by the Romanian writers’ association. A selection of Sociu’s poems have been translated for German and English anthologies. Translations of his poems have also appeared in the Austrian literary magazine »Wienzeile«. He lives in Bucharest.
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