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.

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     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.

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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