"Her best [poems] pay tribute to Ovid and Ezra Pound, whose fractured lyricism she often echoes in poems about her native land, upon which her reputation will develop." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ursu seeks to make concrete such abstract concepts as home, exile, love, hope . . . she bridges the gulf between the practical and the theoretical or between what is and what could be."--World Literature Today
"The sympathetic humanity of her cultural observations and the physicality of her poetic images give Ursu's poetry an affecting and universal perspective in which disparate experiences and places coalesce in a singular human landscape." --Translation Review
"Carnivorous and tender, majestic and human" --Tess Gallagher
About the Author
Liliana Ursu was born in 1949 in Bucharest, Romania, and was educated in French and English at Bucharest University. She has published seven books of poetry and two books of short stories. In 1997, her book of poetry The Sky behind the Forest was published in an English translation by Bloodaxe Press. In 1992 and 1997, she was a Fulbright Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. She currently produces a weekly literary program for the Cultural Department of Romanian National Radio.
Bruce Weigl teaches in the writing program at Pennsylvania State University and is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently What Saves Us (1992) and Sweet Lorain (1996), both published by TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press.