||POETRY READINGS AND BOOK LAUNCH: ROCK AND DEW BY CARMEN FIRAN
Special guests Stanley Moss; Nina Cassian; Isaiah Sheffer; with Maurice Edwards; & Christina Sunnerstam
Rock and Dew by Carmen Firan (Selected Poems, Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). translations from Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin, Andrei Codrescu and Isaiah Sheffer
“Carmen Firan has many voice —almost a choir—which she controls equally, be they lyrical or realistically uttered, ideas turning to poetry, and poetry breathing ideas. That’s the strength and originality of her Rock and Dew.” - Nina Cassian
"Since moving to New York Carmen Firan has been writing poems that explore the New World with an exciting view of life, love, and the meaning of existence, through the eyes of a renowned East European poet.” - Andrei Codrescu
“Carmen Firan’s beautiful and powerful poems, charged with gloom and passion, recreate her struggles not only with life and love, with her history and ours (and ‘its bloody hangover of the senses’), but with the beasts of language, whether invasive or voracious or fugitive. In this war of words, armed with her ‘dialect of Old Angelic,’ she indisputably wins.”—Harry Mathews
CARMEN FIRAN, born in Romania, has published twenty books including poetry, novels, essays, and short stories. She has been living in New York since 2000. Her most recent book published in the US is Words & Flesh, Talisman Publishers.