Depression before the equinox (or: words for the portraits of poets dreamed by Jan Cordua).
Vanity, the word he had carved into the oak's bark as a child and which healed, growing as the tree grew, letting itself be swallowed voluptuously by the black bark.
Liliana Ursu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1949 and was educated in French and English at Bucharest University. She has worked as a recently professor and as a translator and producer for Romanian National Radio and Television. She has published six books of poetry, most recently Corali (Coral) as well as a book of short stories entitled La Jumatatea Drumului (Half of My Way). Her poetry has won prizes from the Romanian Literary Supplement and the Romanian Writers Union. These poems are from her book in progress, Sax in the Mist: Poems from America. Bruce Weigl's most recent book of poems is What Saves Us (TriQuarterly Books, 1992). He is the co-translator of Poems From Captured Documents, a collection of Vietnamese poetry forthcoming this summer from the University of Massachusetts Press. Bruce Weigl directs the MFA program at Penn State.