a story of (still) winter

photo by Benjamin Kanarek

photo by Benjamin Kanarek

a story of (still) winter

By Paul Vinicius
Translated from Romanian by Claudia Moscovici

she yes
she –
who gave the swallows permission
to awaken
from sleep

even though it was still winter
passed like spring through the old boulevard
awakening it from its nap
with the morning papers
on his knees

yes yes
who filled the rusty mailboxes
with the traces of her lips
stamps of lipstick for a tranquil blue day
above the brooding caps

like a musical instrument
that even the tone deaf
would have liked to play

if we would put our ears
to the tram traks
we’d hear her heart
ready to revive
the city

and our shabby lives


About romanticlovepoetry

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and immigrated to the United States when I was almost twelve years old. Here I obtained an B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. At Princeton, I met and fell in love with my husband, Dan. We live in Michigan with our two children, Sophie and Alex. I taught philosophy and literature, focusing on the Romantic period, at Boston University and the University of Michigan. Since 2003, I've been working with a group of international artists on postromanticism, a contemporary art movement that I co-founded with the Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto. Postromantic artists strive to express beauty, sensuality and passion in their artwork. I do the same in my scholarly book "Romanticism and Postromanticism" (2007) and in a collection of love poems, "The Painful Poignancy of Desire" (2007). If you're interested in taking a look at this art, our website is postromanticism.com. I'm also a fiction writer. My first novel, "Velvet Totalitarianism" (2009), describes a family's survival in communist Romania due to the strength of their love. You can find out more about me and my writing on my author's profile on Notablewriters.com.
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