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
worshiped
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
venerat
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
response
to pain
 
 
 
Boxul – Un Fel de Item Response Theory
 
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali
 
antrenamentul este cel mai potrivit
răspuns
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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