A review in „World Literature Today” for one of my books

Many thanks to the writer Andrew Singer, director of Trafika Europe magazine and radio, who published an amazing review in the prestigious international literary magazine, „World Literature Today” to my bilingual book of poetry, Romanian/English „The Cities of Giorgio de Chirico” published this year by Cyberwit, India. The English version belongs to me and to the young American writer, Slim FitzGerald. „World Literature Today” is the best literary magazine in the world, which is awarding Neustadt International Literary Prize, the so-called „the American Nobel”.

ROMANIAN ARTIST Constantin Severin’s latest volume of poetry is a gentle gift. Thematically, and in terms of the fineness of language here, this volume continues the poet’s startling and beautiful career of finding and caressing the essences of our human existence with words.

Stylistically, these are poems in an easy harness, hovering, confidently bearing frailties in the wider spiritual context of experience that renders them whole. For the multiple poems here that employ a sort of “chorus” (i.e., shorter repeated parts with an alternate rhythm), it is often just one stark line of poetry repeated verbatim, or modulating slightly, that carries this effect. In other poems, the repetition of key words throughout gives them a lulling constancy, like gentle incantations.

These are elder works, much more than what we’ve seen from Severin previously (“death will come and the wheat will sprout without my gaze”; “the old man is looking for the bird-soul”). We find solace in simple recognition of present circumstances writ large in these pages (“in the global village there is total transparency / we love and die in a glass cage”). Too, there remains in these poems the imprint of the very local, as in the poem “Ta Twam Asi” (“when I was young my country grandmother used to sew / owl claws to my cuffs”). And there is ample earned wisdom here (“only now do I understand that the invisible / is stronger than the visible”).

Severin’s renown as a visual artist is present notably in the title poem, “The Cities of Giorgio de Chirico,” paying tribute to this metaphysical-surrealist Italian painter of a century ago, whose haunted, haunting canvases of empty streets and piazzas may find echo today in the lockdown in which the poet has written these poems. All dated in the range April through June 2020, these are poems set down at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic’s first wave (“I met you when the world was a huge resuscitation room / and anxiety and despair connected us to the same oxygen tube”). And there are exquisite effects when the poet’s visual and auditory senses seem to fuse, always uplifting the despair (“night butterflies fluttering eyes watching the collapse / (. . .) night butterflies small sarcophagi of freedom”).

All in all, this is a floating, sublime short collection of bilingual verse—a fine, skillful stand-alone volume exhorting us to sit, slowly absorb the light, and simply be. Thank you, Mr. Severin, for these moments of gentle clarity, of grace within.

Andrew Singer
Trafika Europe


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„Wall and Neutrino. The Poet in New York”

     I am very happy to share with you one of the most important events in my life as a writer: my book of selected poems, „Wall and Neutrino. The Poet in New York”,  written between 1980-2000 was recently published in English version by the prestigious Cervena Barva Press, founded in 2005 by the American poet, Gloria Mindock, Poet Laureate in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. The book has an amazing foreword signed by the Italian poet Manrico Murzi, the disciple and friend of Giuseppe Ungaretti and an afterword/blurb on the back-cover written by the American poet Andrew Singer, director of Trafika Europe magazine and radio (Europe’s literary radio station). The translators of my first book of selected poems in English are Liviu Martinescu, Dan Nicolae Popescu and Adrian Oproiu.

     Warm thanks to Gloria Mindock, publishing a book of poetry in these tragic times for mankind is both a sacrifice and a victory of light against darkness.

     „All of Constantin Severin’s work which I’ve seen proceeds from a single steady universal pulse – his poetry and fiction, his editing, his artwork and his organizing. It’s as if he’d simply alighted and settled somewhere slightly above and askew from this world, colonized that spot, and begun processing reality and producing art in this sublime frame ever since – like an own industry; like a small steady sun. In its steady universality, grounded in a strong particular European lineage, Constantin has managed to produce a body of work – and chiefly I am speaking of his poetry here, although it may also be true of his painting – which is somehow also unmarked, by which I mean both that it is unsullied, and also without jagged edges on which to snag. It is often the jagged edges by which one becomes acquainted with work of sometimes lesser or flashier poets. Thus, it becomes somehow easy to overlook Constantin’s body of work, in our crush of days – to miss its significant achievement. I believe history will be kind to Constantin Severin in this regard. His work is like a beautiful species of animal or plant which exists regardless of our noticing. It is a natural fount of clear coherent poetic output simply flowing, unselfishly and whole. His is a tree of ripened aesthetic fruit, ready to nourish us unstintingly in delight and recognition – if only we happen upon it. Here it is.”

Andrew Singer
Trafika Europe

The book can be ordered on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Wall…/dp/1950063445/ref=sr_1_1…or directly from the publisher Cervena Barva Press:http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/

     Sunt foarte fericit să vă împărtășesc unul dintre cele mai importante evenimente din viața mea de scriitor: cartea de poeme alese, „Zid Și Neutrino. Poetul în New York”, scrisă în anii 1980-2000, a fost publicată recent de prestigioasa editură Cervena Barva Press, înființată în anul 2005 de poeta americană Gloria Mindock, Poet Laureat în Somerville, Massachusetts, SUA. Cartea are o impresionantă prefață semnată de poetul italian Manrico Murzi, discipolul și prietenul lui Giuseppe Ungaretti și o postfață/scurtă prezentare pe coperta din spate scrisă de poetul american Andrew Singer, directorul revistei și postului de radio Trafika Europe (postul de radio literar al Europei). Traducătorii primei mele cărți de poeme alese în limba engleză sunt Liviu Martinescu, Dan Nicolae Popescu și Adrian Oproiu.

     Calde mulțumiri Gloriei Mindock, a publica o carte de poezie în aceste vremuri tragice pentru omenire este atât un sacrificiu cât și o victorie a luminii împotriva întunericului.

     „Toate lucrările lui Constantin Severin pe care le-am văzut provin dintr-un unic puls universal constant – poezia și ficțiunea sa, montajul său, lucrările sale de artă și organizarea sa. De parcă ar fi coborât din această lume și s-ar fi instalat undeva ușor deasupra și pieziș, ar fi colonizat acel loc și ar fi început să proceseze realitatea și să producă de atunci artă în acest cadru sublim- ca o industrie proprie; ca un mic soare peren. În universalitatea sa constantă, întemeiată pe o puternică descendență europeană, Constantin a reușit să producă un corp de lucrări – și în principal vorbesc aici despre poezia sa, deși acest lucru poate fi adevărat și pentru pictura sa – care este cumva și nemarcat, adică vreau să spun că este atât de neatins, cât și fără margini zimțate pe care să se prindă. Cel mai adesea marginile zimțate sunt cele prin care cineva face cunoștință cu opera unor poeți uneori mai mici sau mai strălucitori. Astfel, devine cumva ușor să treci cu vederea corpusul muncii lui Constantin, în zilele noastre care te strivesc- să pierzi din vedere realizarea semnificativă a acestuia. Cred că istoria va fi binevoitoare cu Constantin Severin în această privință. Opera sa este ca o specie frumoasă de animale sau plante care există indiferent de observația noastră. Este un izvor natural de producție poetică coerent și clar care curge pur și simplu, în mod altruist și în întregime. Un veritabil copac de fructe estetice coapte, gata să ne hrănească neîncetat în încântare și recunoaștere – dacă din întâmplare ne-am întâlnit cu el. Aceasta e creația sa.”

Andrew Singer

Trafika Europe

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„The Cities of Giorgio de Chirico”

      I’m thrilled to announce that my new book of poems, „The Cities of Giorgio de Chirico”, written in 2020, was recently published in a bilingual edition, Romanian/English, by one of the most known poetry publishers in India, CYBERWIT, founded in 2002 by the poet Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal. The English version belongs to Constantin Severin and to Slim FitzGerald, a young writer from USA.

     The book has a blurb signed on the back-cover by the great American writer, Norman Lock:

     „Constantin Severin’s poems belonging to the poetry collection  ’’The Cities of Giorgio de Chirico” are marvelous. I respond with my own blood and half-forgotten memories to his visceral accounts of a world undergoing dissolution, a change far beyond the ordinary and for which words cannot suffice and yet, miraculously, they do in his poems. I am taken most of all with the evocations of an older Romania, which existed in myths and in the mythic visitations of hummingbird, lilac, and butterflies and grandparents. There is about the suite a quality of legend, something ancient and I believe that Severin and the translator Slim FitzGerald have succeeded in capturing the ancient mind that lies beneath the body bags, the plague beneath the Corona virus.”

     Am plăcerea să vă anunț că noua mea carte de poeme, „Orașele lui Giorgio de Chirico”, scrisă în anul 2020, a fost publicată recent într-e ediție bilingvă română/engleză, de una dintre cele mai cunoscute edituri de poezie din India, CYBERWIT, înființată în anul 2002 de poetul Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal. Versiunea în limba engleză a poemelor a fost realizată de Constantin Severin și Slim FitzGerald, o tânără scriitoare din SUA.

     Cartea are o scurtă prezentare pe coperta din spate semnată de marele scriitor american, Norman Lock:

     „ Poemele lui Constantin Severin aparținând colecției „Orașele lui Giorgio de Chirico” sunt minunate. Răspund cu propriul meu sânge și cu amintiri pe jumătate uitate la relatările sale viscerale despre o lume aflată în disoluție, într-o schimbare mult dincolo de obișnuit și pentru care cuvintele nu pot fi suficiente și totuși, în mod miraculos, o fac în poeziile sale. Sunt impresionat mai ales de evocările unei Românii mai vechi, care a existat în mituri și în aparițiile mitice ale păsării colibri, liliacului, fluturilor și bunicilor. Există în această serie o calitate a legendei, ceva antic și cred că Severin și traducătorul Slim FitzGerald au reușit să surprindă mintea străveche care palpită sub trupurile în pungi, sub ciuma virusului Corona.”

The poetry lovers can find the book on AMAZON:

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The Infinity Cube of Fortune



Inspirată de cubul lui Rubik, cea mai cunoscută poetă de avangardă a Chinei, Yin Xiaoyuan (traducătoarea mea în limba chineză) a inventat un cub mai complex, cu multiple valențe spirituale și culturale, Cubul Infinit al Norocului, în care poți descoperi și poeme scrise de 20 de poeți contemporani din întreaga lume, care sunt considerați purtători de noroc (Italo Testa, Fabio Scotto, Jose Luis Gomez Tore, Ariadna Garcia, Toti O’Brian, Constantin Severin, Rafael-Jose Diaz, Juan Carlos Mestre, Johanna Domokos, Mario Nosotti, Alexander Shurbanov, Pina Piccolo, Adnan Ozer, Jesus Jimenez Dominguez, Fafael Soler, Cecile Ouhmani, Yin Xiaoyuan, Hai Shang, Sun Qian and Lu Kang).

Yin Xiaoyuan, Hai Shang, Sun Qian și Lu Kang sunt membrii fondatori ai Școlii de Poezie Enciclopedică din China.

Poemele mele au fost selectate de Yin Xiaoyuan din volumul încă nepublicat, „Carnavalul Morții” (tradus în engleză în colaborare cu scriitoarea americană Slim FitzGerald) și din cel aflat în lucru, „Viețile Pictorilor”.

Inspired by Rubik’s cube, the most known avant-garde poet from China, Yin Xiaoyuan (my translator in Chinese language) invented a more complex cube, with multiple spiritual and cultural faces, the Infinity Cube of Fortune, in which you may discover also poems written by 20 worldwide contemporary poets who are considered lucky bearers (Italo Testa, Fabio Scotto, Jose Luis Gomez Tore, Ariadna Garcia, Toti O’Brian, Constantin Severin, Rafael-Jose Diaz, Juan Carlos Mestre, Johanna Domokos, Mario Nosotti, Alexander Shurbanov, Pina Piccolo, Adnan Ozer, Jesus Jimenez Dominguez, Fafael Soler, Cecile Ouhmani, Yin Xiaoyuan, Hai Shang, Sun Qian and Lu Kang). Yin Xiaoyuan, Hai Shang, Sun Qian and Lu Kang are the founding members of the Encyclopedic Poetry School from China.

My poems have been selected by Yin Xiaoyuan from my unpublished book, „The Carnival of Death”(translated into English in collaboration with the American writer Slim FitzGerald) and from the work in progress, „The Lives of the Painters”.

Dragi poeți,
Un nou produs cultural și creativ al Școlii de poezie enciclopedică este online acum!
Cubul lui Rubik, inventat de arhitectul și inventatorul maghiar Erno Rubik, a fost proiectat pe baza mecanismului prin care toate cuburile se rotesc în jurul unei axe transversale tridimensionale perpendiculare pe centru.
Într-un „cub Rubik”, fiecare bloc arată doar 0-3 dintre fețele lor: 0 pentru blocul de bază, 1 pentru blocul central din fiecare față; 2 pentru părțile negre laterale și 3 pentru blocurile de colț. Blocurile laterale nu pot deveni niciodată colțuri și nici colțurile nu pot deveni blocuri laterale. Centrul este fixat și pentru fiecare față. Celelalte fețe ale acestora sunt ascunse pentru totdeauna vederii – asta nu este corect, ca o viață predestinată.
Într-un „Cub infinit”, care este unul special „2 * 2”, avem nu numai cele 6 fețe exterioare, ci și cele 3 fețe interioare „4 * 2”. Poate fi derulat în direcții diferite și fiecare față a fiecărei încuietori are oportunități egale de văzut. Aceasta este ceea ce căutăm: să fim indivizi egali și să împărtășim în mod egal binecuvântările zeiței Fortuna și toată lumea va avea lucrurile sale importante!
2021 va fi un an de redresare economică și culturală. Aici vă prezentăm acest „Cub roșu Infinit al Norocului”: ca simbol al norocului. Este vorba de topologie și semiologie, literatură și probabilitate. Există numeroase moduri de a-l deschide și a-l citi: culoarea fețelor exterioare este roșu catifelat, iar pentru interior avem fragmente din capodoperele poeților internaționali contemporani, cuvinte cheie pentru 2021.
Cum să-l folosiți:
Așezați cubul în palmă și desfășurați-l în orice dimensiune doriți. Vei deschide un plan 4X2. Selectați pătratul A care are o anumită relevanță pentru dvs. (cum ar fi: poeții care au aceleași inițiale sau numărul total de litere este numărul dvs. norocos etc.) ca punct de plecare:
[2] Mutați 2 pătrate în sensul acelor de ceasornic (rotind la un colț) în pătratul B;
[0] Găsiți pătratul C pe spatele pătratului B (situat pe un alt plan);
[2] Deplasați 2 pătrate în sens invers acelor de ceasornic pe planul lui C în pătratul D;
[1] Îndoiți pătratul D spre interior și aflați care pătrat este față în față cu el.
Poetul din Cutia E este „poetul tău norocos” din 2021!
Citiți extrase din poezia lor de mai jos:
Prețul este de 45 USD (1 cub + 1 cutie) + cheltuieli poștale.
Cumpărați 3 și veți primi cadou 1 suplimentar.
Vă rog să mă contactați dacă sunteți interesat.
Toate cele bune,
Yin Xiaoyuan
Dear Poets,
New cultural&creative product of Encyclopedic Poetry School is online now!
The Rubic’s Cube, invented by the Hungarian architect and inventor Erno Rubik, was designed based on the mechanism that all cubes rotate around a three-dimensional cross axis perpendicular to the center.
In a “Rubik’s cube”, every block only shows 0-3 of their faces: 0 for the core block, 1 for the center block in each face; 2 for side blacks and 3 for the corner blocks. The side blocks can never become corners and neither can corners become side blocks. The center is also fixed for each face. Their other faces are hidden from vision forever–that is not fair, like a predestined life.
In an “Infinity Cube”, which is a special “2*2” one, we not only have the 6 outer faces, but also the 3 “4*2” inner faces. It can be unfolded in different directions and each face of each lock has equal oppotunities to be seen. This is what we are seeking: to be equal individuals, and to equally share blessings of Fortune, and everybody will have his/her prime!
2021 will be a year of economic and cultural recovery . Here we present you with this “RED: Infinity Cube of Fortune”: as a symbol of good luck. It is about topology and semiology, literature and probability. There are numerous ways to open it and read it: the color of the outer faces is velvet red, and for the internal we have excerpts from the masterpieces of contemporary international poets, as the keywords for your 2021.
How to use it:
Place the cube in your palm and unfold it in any dimension you like. You will be opening a 4X2 plane. Select square A that has some relevance to you (such as: poets who share the same initials, or total number of letters happens to be your lucky number, etc.) as a starting point: 
[2] Move 2 squares clockwise (turning at a corner) to square B; 
[0] Find the square C on the back of square B (located on another plane); 
[2] Move 2 squares counterclockwise on the plane of C to square D; 
[1] Fold Square D inward and find out which square is face-to-face with it. 
The poet in Box E is your “lucky poet” of 2021!
Read excerpts from their poetry below:
The price is 45USD(1 cube+1 box) +postage.
Buy 3 and will get an extra 1 as gift.
Please contact me if you are interested.
Best regards,
Yin Xiaoyuan

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Three Poems in English and Chinese


the world is a honeycomb of ghost towns with warheads and gothic rosettes

throughout which haunts alienation dreaming and loss

among arches with huge shadows towers and marble statues

empty squares mannequins in windows with drawn shutter

Andrea Bocelli sings alone in the Milan Dome

people with masks pass blindly over blossoming cherries

from the parks the caresses of lovers have disappeared

along with the cries of children

an old man with a plastic bag walks down the deserted street

with eyes iridescent from the depths of an atavistic fear

he tries to cover his yellow ears with cotton wool

he doesn’t want to hear the sirens

which drives away angels and bees

people have become islands infected with fear

in the increasingly lonely cities of Giorgio de Chirico

pictor optimus

Suceava, April 15, 2020

English version by Constantin Severin&Slim FitzGerald




















Chinese version by KwokShuiha&Wei Pengzhan

註:安德烈‧波伽利(Andrea Bocelli,1958)是一位意大利盲人歌手。

喬治歐·德·奇里訶(Giorgio de Chirico,1888 -1978 )是一名超現實畫派大師。


in a dream i scattered my own self who was dreaming me insatiably

in a white hospital room while painting the walls
with the brush dipped in my own blood
doctors in astronaut suits
coveralls three pairs of gloves glasses masks and visors
closely watching the monitor of a video laryngoscope

red zigzag

someone is trying to snatch the brush from my right hand
but my drawing of blood is advancing rapidly
it drains into hallways with anxious silhouettes and dazzling lights
on spiral staircases and in hundreds of rooms with intubated patients
thirsty for all the oxygen in the world

red zigzag

the blood covers the birches in the yard and the dew lilies
ambulances and trucks of the dead waiting in line
the deserted city where the birds also seem to have a limping flight

in a dream I lost the death who was dreaming insatiably
all my stories of life

Suceava, April 23, 2020

English version by Constantin Severin&Slim FitzGerald






工作服配上眼鏡 口罩 遮光罩和三副手套















Chinese version by KwokShuiha&Wei Pengzhan


my generation has been reborn
three times from its own ashes

in my childhood people built their destiny
thinking of the being of nature

in my youth the world shaped its becoming into being
thinking the unthinkable

in my old age the world is cutting its chaos
thinking the being of language

future generations will not have to be reborn
thinking of the being of nature

Suceava, April 25, 2020

English version by Constantin Severin&Slim FitzGerald
















Chinese version by KwokShuiha&Wei Pengzhan

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Three poems accepted by Poetry&Covid Project

Professor Anthony Caleshu

Glad to be accepted to be a part of the amazing Poetry and Covid (2020-2021), a project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Plymouth, and Nottingham Trent University, together with so many and distinguished worldwide poets! A true global interactive online poetry anthology, with poems being published daily.

Many thanks to the
principal investigator, Professor Anthony Caleshu, University of Plymouth and to the co-investigator, Dr. Rory Waterman, Nottingham Trent University and to research-assistant,  Sam Kemp, University of Plymouth, who selected my three poems for this project.


     In 2000, after over 20 years of dreaming in the realm of  poetry, I felt that I wrote too much and I finished my main projects, the first one being a long poem dedicated to the huge cities, megalopolis, „Wall and Neutrino. The Poet in New York”. I even made public statements that I will no longer write poetry and I will focus on oil painting, my first love, and on writing novels.

    This Spring I discovered that in a strange and dangerous period, characterized by fear, death and fake-news, the best way to express myself and to fight against despair and solitude is to write poetry. I found myself, my family and my friends in the middle of a true Carnival of Death (my home-city, Suceava, was the first to experiment the lockdown in Romania) and unexpectedly since April until July 2020 I wrote a new book of poetry, „The Carnival of Death”.

     I hope that soon we’ll regain our normal life and I will no longer be frightened that the word „closeness” will be deleted from the dictionary.

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My Poetry in Chinese

YIN XIAOYUAN. Photo by Song Zuifa

My Poetry in Chinese

Poezia mea în limba chineză

The well-known Chinese poet Yin Xiaoyuan will translate 10 of my poems (5 from the future book, „The Carnival of Death” and 5 from the work in progress, „The Lives of the Painters”) to be published next year in the works of the Encyclopedic Poetry School, founded by her.

My poem „Frida Kahlo” in Chinese

by Yin Xiaoyuan





















脆弱与强大 ,在美国土地上他们对我如此评价



















I never laid down dreams on the canvas I just painted the two Frida

with a bloody heart throbbing in the bucket of my trembling palms

I was a dove and a bitch an angel and a demon a communist and a capitalist

happiness is a shining knife blade hidden under the rebozo scarf

pain and loneliness were my faithful Siamese

which inspired me to paint my self-portrait indefinitely

with colors extracted from the most beautiful rainbow of pain

red-a lump of broken bones sprinkled with blood at the age of 18 years

orange-a corolla of agave blooming from pain every 30 years

yellow-my body disintegrated with pain in a halo of a loving angel

green- a necklace of jade beads worn as a strange attractor of pain

blue-in Casa Azul I gave birth to my works and love stories  with intense pain

indigo- Diego’s hat the man who provoked my second accident

purple-the universe in which I recomposed myself from love and suffering

I gradually understood that the death bus had art as its final destination

soon under the mirror mounted above the bed in the Casa Azul

I was born for the second time with the first paintings

and with the cries of the women and men I loved to the end

André Breton said I was a ribbon wrapped around a bomb

fragility and strength were the words with which I was described in Gringolandia

a fragile creature with eyebrows joined together like black bird wings

a hummingbird gushing from the mysterious lava of life returned from death

maybe I wouldn’t have been whole and strong

without the spine clavicle ribs and pelvis shattered

the depth of love can only be reached after your have broken your heart

sometimes joy filled my chest tight in orthopedic corsets

while the dazzling sadness overwhelmed my eyes

I loved life in chiaroscuro and the contrasting beauty

and I preferred inner fullness instead of fleeting happiness

I always felt something hard and persistent in my throat

as if I had desperately devoured the whole world

I wanted to get inside the darkest part of the wholeness

so that I will no longer hear the cries of starving children

I wanted a storm to come that would make me flow into an unwritten song

in the end art gave me wings and I forgot the pain the gangrenous leg

the scream of my art is as intense as the scream of my identity

Suceava, August 12, 2020


nu am așternut niciodată vise pe pânză doar am pictat cele două Frida

cu inima însângerată pulsând în căușul palmelor tremurânde

am fost porumbiță și cățea înger și demon comunistă și capitalistă

fericirea e o lamă strălucitoare de cuțit ascuns sub eșarfa rebozo

durerea și singurătatea au fost siamezele mele fidele

ce m-au inspirat  să-mi pictez autoportretul la nesfârșit

cu culori extrase din cel mai frumos curcubeu al durerii

roșu-o grămăjoară de oase rupte stropite cu sânge la vârsta de 18 ani

oranj-o corolă de agavă înflorind din durere o dată la 30 de ani

galben-trupul meu dezintegrat de durere într-o aureolă de înger iubitor

verde-o salbă din mărgele de jad purtată ca un straniu atractor al durerii

albastru-Casa Azul în care mi-am născut operele și iubirile cu dureri intense

indigo-pălăria lui Diego bărbatul care mi-a dăruit al doilea accident

violet-universul în care m-am realcătuit din iubire și suferință

am înțeles treptat  autobuzul morții avea ca destinație finală arta

curând sub oglinda montată deasupra patului din Casa Azul

mă nășteam a doua oară laolaltă cu primele picturi

și cu strigătele femeilor și bărbaților pe care i-am iubit până la capăt

André Breton a spus că sunt o panglică înfășurată în jurul unei bombe

fragilitate și forță au fost cuvintele cu care am fost descrisă în Gringolandia

o făptură firavă cu sprâncenele unite ca niște aripi de pasăre neagră

o pasăre colibri țâșnind din lava misterioasă a vieții întoarse din moarte

poate că nu aș fi fost întreagă și puternică sufletește

fără coloana vertebrală clavicula coastele și pelvisul făcute țăndări

adâncimea iubirii poate fi atinsă doar după ce ți-ai frânt inima

uneori bucuria îmi umplea pieptul strâns în corsete ortopedice

în timp ce tristețea orbitoare îmi copleșea ochii

eu am iubit viața în clarobscur frumusețea contrastantă

și am preferat plinătatea interioară în locul fericirii trecătoare

am simțit mereu ceva dur și persistent în gâtlejul meu

de parcă aș fi înfulecat cu disperare întreaga lume

am vrut să pătrund în interiorul cel mai întunecat al totului

ca să nu mai aud plânsetele copiilor care mor de foame

am vrut să vină o furtună care să mă facă să curg într-un cântec nescris

până la urmă arta mi-a dat aripi și am uitat de durere de piciorul cangrenat

țipătul artei mele e la fel de intens ca țipătul identității mele

Suceava, 12 august 2020

Yin Xiaoyuan(Yīn Xiǎoyuán, “殷晓媛” in Chinese) is an avant-garde, crossover epic poet as well as a cross-genre & multilingual writer, founder of Encyclopedic Poetry School (est. 2007), initiator of Hermaphroditic Writing Movement and chief drafter of Declaration of Hermaphroditic Writing, Editor and visual designer of “Encyclopedic Poetry School A.I. Papercube” (10th Anniversary Special Edition) , “12th Anniversary Poetry Photography Manuscripts Album” and “2020 Yearbook: Poetry Photography”, “2020 Deluxe Version: Poetry Photography Manuscripts Album”, and “2020 ‘Hymn to Poetry’: Online International Poetry Festival CD Album”;, director and visual designer of “12th Anniversary Poetry ╳Tea Deluxe Gift Set” and “12th Anniversary Commemorative Medallions”. She also directs “Encyclopedic Poetry School Creative Writing & Integrated Art Workshop”, members of which include poets, writers, dramatists, musicians and visual/installation/photography/calligraphy artists.

Yin Xiaoyuan graduated from Beijing International Studies University. She is a member of Writers’ Association of China, Translators’ Association of China and Poetry Institute of China. She has published 11 books including 5 poetry anthologies: Ephemeral Memories(Dazhong literature & art publishing, 2010), Beyond the Tzolk’in (China Federation of Literary and Art Publishing House, 2013), Avant-garde Trilogy(Tuanjie Publishing House, 2015) , Agent d’ensemencement des nuages (Encyclopedic Poetry School’ 10th Anniversary Series)(Beiyue Literature & Art Publishing House, 2017), and Cloud Seeding Agent (Pinyon Publishing, USA; nominated for “National Translation Award” of American Literary Translator’s Association and “Four Quartets Award” of Poetry Society Of America); and 6 translations, including The Ruby in Her Navel (Tsinghua University Press, 2014) by Booker Prize winner Barry Unsworth, a translation of contemporary New York poet/artist Bill Wolak’s poetry anthology Become a River (New Feral, 2018), two novels from Japanese and a haiku anthology. T.V.Petrusenko, Head of Acquisition Department, National Library of Russian, referred to the works by Encyclopedic Poetry School as “a new trend of contemporary Chinese poetry”, and Glennys Reyes Tapia, Head of Collection Department, BNPHU, described them as “bibliographical treasure of their (Chinese) culture”.

She wrote 18 epics (which add up to a total of 70 thousand lines) and 24 volumes of encyclopedic poems.

Her works were written in Chinese, English, Japanese, German and French and translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese, Arabian, Irish, Galician, Finnish, Romanian, Greek, Estonian, Russian, Bengali, Hebrew, Macedonian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Japanese and Albanian, and published home and abroad. She is cooperating with 150+ contemporary poets in U.S., U.K., Sweden, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany, France, Finland , Canada, Argentina, Japan, India, Estonia, Cuba, Honduras, Columbia, Chile, Bulgaria, Bolivia and Ecuador, etc.

She has travelled around China by her own, challenging mountains including Mount Huang, Mount Hua, Mount Heng (Hunan) and Mount Tai, which she summited on foot.

Epics by Yin Xiaoyuan:

Avant-garde Trilogy (前沿三部曲in Chinese):

Nephoreticulum (《云心枢》in Chinese)

Polysomnus (《多相睡眠》in Chinese)

Enneadimensionnalite (《九次元》in Chinese)

Wind Rose Sedecology (风能玫瑰十六传奇in Chinese):

Iki of Bashō, Wabi of Muramasa (《武芭蕉,雌村正》in Chinese)

Seepraland (《锡璞拉群岛战纪》in Chinese)

Wind Quencher (《止风之心》in Chinese)

Hanoi Tower (《汉诺塔》in Chinese)

Turkana (《图尔卡纳》in Chinese)

la Byzantine(《拜占庭野心》in Chinese),

Doppelganger Duet(《自他体二重唱》in Chinese),

Lapland Blood-soaked(《血沃拉普兰》in Chinese),

The Space-time Optimization Bureau(《时空优化署》in Chinese),

The Disappearance within Atacama (《盐湖疑踪》in Chinese),

Twin Flames(《双生火焰》).

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International Poet of the Week

I’m thrilled to announce that the prestigious British poetry magazine, The Poet, highlighted me as the International Poet of the Week 1-8 November 2020.

The Poet magazine published three of my poems written in English from the work in progress, The Lives of the Painters, „Francis Bacon”, „Frida Kahlo” and „Ion Țuculescu”.

The Poet was founded by the well-known poet and novelist Robin Barratt ( UK), one of the authors of the famous Penguin-Random publishing house.

I invite all poets who are interested to join this amazing poetry challenge to send Robin Barratt unpublished poems in English.

Sunt bucuros să vă anunț că prestigioasa revistă britanică de poezie, The Poet, m-a evidențiat ca Poetul Internațional al Săptămânii 1-8 noiembrie 2020.

Revista The Poet mi-a publicat trei dintre poemele scrise în limba engleză din cartea în lucru, Viețile Pictorilor, „Francis Bacon”, „Frida Kahlo”  și „Ion Țuculescu”.

The Poet a fost fondată de cunoscutul poet și romancier Robin Barratt din Marea Britanie, unul dintre autorii faimoasei edituri Penguin-Random House.

Invit toți poeții interesați să intre în această minunată provocare și să-i trimită lui Robin Barratt poeme în limba engleză.


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A new artwork from the Quantum Figurative series, „Wheel-Selfportrait”(„The Wheel of Life”), oil on canvas, 60×60 cm, 2020.

In Quantum Figurative, the visibile world is less important and the foreground is occupied by the vortex of the multiplied shapes and colours of the cuantic world, the invisible face of the universe.

QUANTUM FIGURATIVE is an art concept/movement launched by the visual artist Constantin Severin in August 2020.

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A new outstanding member of the Archetypal Expressionism Group: Erkut Tokman

Why Archetypal Expressionism?

I was influenced by different art movementsas far as I was aware of them  since my teenage years untill today, which they have left their marks on the history of art.

I would say I was always enthusiastic about experimental art movements such as Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism etc.  However one can trully confess that we would not have learnt or seen through all those experimentalism without classical art movements.  Today’s art is multi-disciplinary and covers digitally, audio-visually, textually vast multi-layered information in their  communication  possibilities to enrich artist’s inspiration and creativity.

I knew the artist and poet Constantin Severin’s works for many years and  have been following them in progress. Archetypes and expressionism have been always among the major motifs and salient points in Art, Philosopy and Writing. To this end perhaps we can confront with the idea of being created or uncreated in forms  already existing as an archetypes for future or past’s uncountable entities, as  Aristotle once  philosophized. As one can observe creativelly an art into certain structure, form or conception such as painting, sculpture, cinema, poetry, theatre, writing etc. can even externalize towards other fields such as Mythes, Philospophy, Literature, History etc.and some of those can be considered as fundamentally and partially as  the basement or establishment of an art work.

What does fascinates me the most in Archetypal Expressionism as Constantin Severin described: “The archetype is a universal symbol, just as untranslatable as music. The archetypal fields are real, a mystery of the universe. The archetypal cosmos is atemporal; it only contains a virtual germ of time.” İt  made me think that Archetypal Expressionism offers us timely doubled dimension as spatial past and future, however this bi-dimensional approach, out of its timely deliverence, sets forth also elasticity and flexibitiy due to its imaginativeness and capability as an art movement that has been already occupying certain place since its existence in the history of art. This is obviously to say that this existence is not only as an expressionism but also as an abstract appeal to us therefore  the main terms “Archeytpe” and “Expressionism” allows an artist to travel between those spatial possibilites and sofort.

As Constantin paraphrased, particularly “The archetypal fields are real, a mystery of the universe. The archetypal cosmos is atemporal” explains exactly  my current digital art work called “O’nun Rüyası” (The Dream of Third Person or His/Her Dream) which you will observe it herein Constantin Severin’s blog. This digital art work is the latest among my serial visual poetry series which gradually transformed into Digital Art, those works mostly divert from common concepts of visual poetry, because they stand on philosophically rather than ontological; dimensionally the fourth and even the fifth and mindfully thought-provoking side where the usage of common symbols and punctions which became metaphors as a part of visual-language as if they were turning into atomical particles even furtherly juxtaposing to mysticism, esoterism, perceptiveness, metaphysical intuition and endless eyesight and its perspective becomes indispensable sources of my digital-visual art-works.

I would proudly like tounderline hereby,  the Artists of Archetypal Expressionism, although I have found each as eloquent and influencial, I treasured and was affiliated with mostly Constantin Severin, Alberto D’Assumpcao, Pablo Marie, Yulia Kirschner works and today I am so proud of being part of this somptuous and awe-inspiring brand-new art-movement, therefore I gratefully thank Constantin Severin.

Erkut Tokman. 07/09/2020.

Bio Erkut Tokman

Erkut Tokman (1971-) Turkish poet, performance and visual artist, was born in Istanbul. He studied theatre,modern dance and poetry in London,Bucharest and Milan. He started his first visual-art works in 2006, with serial-works called “Dadadairies” (four volumes) where he collobarated with the artists from different countries and art disciplines among those Mihai-Judit Balko (Scluptor-Visual artists-Curators-Romania), Mircea Roman(Sculptor-Romania),Vincent Liotta (Opera Professor-U.S.A), Amelia Antoniu (Soprano-Romania), Sabriye Çelik (Photographer Artist) can be considered. Later on he continued with his visual art works with İstanbul Plaques (4 pieces-2008) and Journey  of a rose towards unknown lands(2012). Over the last two years he focused on visual-poetry works using symbols and punctuations and widely published them in Turkey’s experimantal literary reviews, mostly those poems are considered by the poet under serial poems called O’nun Şiirleri” (Poems of Third person or His/Her poems), latest two of those visual poems called O’nun Müziği” (Music of Third person orHis/Her music) and “O’nun Rüyası” (Dream of Third person or His/Her Dream) are turning point of his visual poetry which became digital or visual art. He took part in different international mail art projects with his visual works as well as featured by literary reviews. His visual art-work called Journey  of a rose towards unknown lands was demonstrated in  13th Congress of National Turism in Mediterranean University-Antalya, in the exhibition called “Tourism”, “Tourist”,”Turkey: A Destination” (December-2012) He was presented as an artist in this year Borders Art  and Architecture Festival -2020 in Venice -Italy under “Fragmented İdentities”section.

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