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Aceste poezii traduse in limba engleza fac parte din volumul „Testament – Anthology of Romanian Verse – Bilingual Edition” (Daniel Ionita, Minerva 2012). Dorim ca prin aceste articole sa promovam frumoasa poezia romaneasca pentru cititorii de limba engleza. Puteti sa dati „Share” acestor articole catre prietenii dvs. de limba engleza. Gasiti mai multe informatii la sfarsitul acestui articol. Va multumim! Daniel Ionita & Intercer

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I AM SMILING

By Mircea Cărtărescu

Some chubby girls are looking at me

and then I realise I am smiling

I am smiling in bus number 109 on the way to work

of course a good impression is impossible to make by a long-haired young man staring through the window and smiling.

but I remembered you and, as usual, I smiled.

it is an uncontrolled reaction.

I woke up in the morning knotted in bad dreams, with skinnings alive,

with knitting needles twisting my teeth

and I remembered the grammar classes.

on the bus it stinks of singlets and of petrol

and through the window what do you think? apartment blocks and more apartment blocks.

I smiled and I was left, I believe, for some minutes with this smile on my face.

I remembered you, still in that large yellow t-shirt

and me also in a t-shirt, somewhat filthy, as we entered into the bulandra*

in the foyer there were some stuck-up chicks and some guys in suits…

we looked as if we’d  landed from Woodstock,

at school, the principal started to scold me, and the secretary

threatened me

the ornamental plant unwatered on time, only had about a quarter of its foliage left

trying to regain control of the classroom

I felt the smile  returning so irresistibly,

that I had to turn my face towards the blackboard.

(*) Lucia Sturza Bulandra, aka the ‘bulandra’ = well know Bucharest theatre, with long tradition of promoting avant-guard, sophisticated plays.

Mircea Cartarescu

Mircea Cartarescu

Vezi mai mult la sursa: Mircea Cărtărescu – I am smiling – translation Daniel Ionita

Material preluat la Intercer de la Testament – Anthology of Romanian Verse – Bilingual Edition (Daniel Ionita, Minerva 2012).

Afla mai multe despre volumul „Testament” si cum poti sa cumperi cartea oriunde in lume: http://intercer.net/editoriale/lansarea-volumului-testament-de-daniel-ionita.html

Mircea Cărtărescu – I am smiling – translation Daniel Ionita

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