Stella Vinitchi Radulescu

nightly talk

heaven so what

under the shroud


 
 

nightly talk

 
deathless soul dying in me       innumerable
 
falling stars
 
 
which language do I speak bypassing
 
Ascension
 
 
touching the earth is all the rain needs

and love returns to its pit            gently
 
 
come to me fruit & flower
 
in one
 
 
 
 


 

heaven so what

Different powers make different mixtures.
— Dante, Paradise, Canto II

 
delighted to see you here so human
 
on the road
 
the mystic rose behind         souls
 
that are real
 
forever real & forever alive        yes
 
I’ll start
 
I am learning how to move the pen
 
from one circle
 
to the next
 
to skip the eagle
 
the fixed stars       within myself
 
not looking back to burn
 
& to rise
 
 
 
 


 

under the shroud

 
one more picture
 
            under the shroud
 
                        the ghostly sky
 
                                    the nowhere clouds
 
the sun becoming stellar
 
 
thinner the road       wooden
 
the heart
                                    : it shelters us
 
 
                        like in a mirror
 
we are & we are not
 
 
 
 


STELLA VINITCHI RADULESCU, Ph.D. in French Language & Literature, is the author of several collections of poetry published in the United States, Romania, and France. She writes poetry in English, French, and Romanian and her poems have appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Pleiades, Louisville Review, Laurel Review, Rhino, World Literature Today, Seneca Review, among others, as well as in a variety of literary magazines in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Romania. Her last collection of poetry, I scrape the window of nothingness – new & selected poems was released in 2015 from Orison Books Press. A new book of translations (by Luke Hankins) of her French work, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, is forthcoming in an in-ternational edition from Seagull Books. At the present she lives in Chicago.


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