Clelia Ifrim : Casa de pe malul oceanului – House on the ocean shore

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After a reception at the Romanian embassy, I came home to find a next collection.

As chance would have it, the book was by Clelia Ifrim, a gifted and prolific poet familiar to our readers. She writes in both Romanian and English, and her delicate and imaginative poems often work well in her own translations :

A handful of snow
taken from the empty field –
the year’s first haiku

A last silver coin –
I feel in my silk pocket
a silver fever

The use of white and the delicacy of feeling are characteristics of her work.

David Burleigh

Ko magazine

Published in “Ko” – Haiku magazine in English – 2015.


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