Edible Flowers, published by Main Street Rag in February, is the latest book of poetry for Lucia Cherciu D’00.
Focused on the reality during communist Romania, the book celebrates portraits of famous writers such as Marin Preda and Nicolae Labiş, the painter Nicolae Tonitza, as well as everyday people who were often oppressed and caught in the hinges of the Ceauşescu regime.
Lyrical in nature, the poems are also narrative, recreating the inner conflicts and the atmosphere of a world marked by loss and deprivation.
Cherciu is a professor of English at SUNY/Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, and she writes both in English and in Romanian. She was born in Romania and came to the United States in 1995.
Her other books of poetry are Lepădarea de Limbă (The Abandonment of Language), Editura Vinea 2009, and Altoiul Râsului (Grafted Laughter), Editura Brumar 2010.
Her poetry appeared in Connecticut Review, Connotation Press, Cortland Review, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Memoir, Off the Coast, Paterson Literary Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Spillway, Oglinda Literară, Pro Saeculum, Salonul Literar, Timpul, Hyperion, Contrapunct, Astra, and elsewhere.
Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their two-year-old daughter