The poet Weigl assisted the Romanian Ursu - who has spent much time
in the States - with this translation of her work, which first
began appearing in Bucharest in 1977. Erotic and meditative, Ursu's
poems also record her stay in the US as a Fulbright Fellow at Penn
State (where Weigl teaches), and the "sad aura" of Eastern Europe
shadows her poems lamenting, predictably, American consumerism and
naivete. Her best ones pay tribute to Ovid and Ezra Pound, whose
fractured lyricism she often echoes in poems about her native land,
upon which her reputation will develop. (Kirkus Reviews)
The poems in Angel Riding a Beast are the stunning expression of
the Romanian poet Liliana Ursu's years in America. The sadness and
paradoxes of exile and the clarity of a cross-cultural awareness
become for Ursu the psychological and descriptive framework for
poems infused with the emotion and images of erotic longing and
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