Irina-Roxana Georgescu (Romania)


Irina-Roxana Georgescu (Romania)

Irina-Roxana Georgescu got her PhD in Philology (2016) at the University of Bucharest, with a thesis on the influence of Western criticism on Romanian literary criticism (1960-1980). She worked as a French-language editor at the Euresis – Literary and Cultural Studies Magazine (2009-2013). She publishes poetry and literary studies in various magazines in Romania and abroad. Translations of her poems appeared in Serbian, French, and Spanish. Her books are Intervalle ouvert (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2017), Elementary Notions (Cartea Românească, Bucharest, 2018.)

The Silk Belt
tectonic reshapings on the floor
the soles do not touch the sky outside the ring
only turtles can fly
an apocalypse prepared in the eyes of the one
who weighs more
I will be yokozuma
I will be the supreme obese
by my whole body
a 230 kilo Slim Shady
for whom days string
as a mawashi necklace around the waist
I am a rikishi, master,
I don’t complain
I make art in the ring
Centura de mătase
reaşezări tectonice pe podea
tălpile nu ating cerul dinafara ringului
numai țestoasele pot zbura
o apocalipsă pregătită în ochii celui
care cântărește mai mult
o să fiu yokozuna
o să fiu obezul suprem
de întregul meu corp
Slim Shady de 230 de kilograme
pentru care zilele se înşiră
ca un colier de mawashi în jurul brâului
sunt un rikishi, maestre,
nu mă plâng
fac artă pe ring
Green Golf
To play like a pro.
To dream of Tiger Woods while jerking off.
To look for the best trajectory.
The best angle.
To spoil yourself on a course rented with your teacher’s monthly wages.
To own everything, yet everything
To not be enough.
To have 1000 years ahead to decompose.
Green Golf
Să joci ca un profesionist.
Să visezi la Tiger Woods în timp ce te masturbezi.
Să cauți cu privirea cea mai bună traiectorie.
Cel mai bun unghi.
Să te răsfeți pe un teren închiriat cu salariul unui profesor pe o lună.
Să ai în stăpânire totul, dar totul
să nu-ți fie de ajuns.
Să ai 1000 de ani la dispoziție să te descompui.
Boxing – A Sort of Item Repsonse Theory
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali
Training is the most appropriate
to pain
Boxul – Un Fel de Item Response Theory
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali
antrenamentul este cel mai potrivit
la durere
Translated by Clara Burghelea

Clara Burghelea (Romania)
Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, she got her MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, HeadStuff, Waxwing and elsewhere. Her collection The Flavor of The Other was published in 2020 with Dos Madres Press.

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