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Carmen Bugan

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Books by this author: Crossing the Carpathians
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  • Dr. Carmen Bugan is the author of three poetry collections Releasing the Porcelain Birds (Shearsman, 2016), The House of Straw (Shearsman, 2014), Crossing the Carpathians (Oxford Poets/Carcanet, 2004), and On the Side of Forgetting/Sulla Soglia della Dimenticanza (Edizione Kolibris, 2015). She has also written the memoir Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police (Picador, UK/Graywolf, USA, 2012), and the critical study Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (Legenda/MHRA, 2013). Her work has been widely anthologized and translated into Swedish, Polish, Italian and Romanian.  She was a Hawthornden Fellow, a Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and is the recipient of a large individual grant from the Arts Council of England. She appears at book fairs and literary festivals worldwide.
    Praise for Carmen Bugan To say these poems are beautiful is to risk underselling them. It is the specific nature of their beauty that matters, compounded as it is of dark experience, hope, magic, delight, generosity and love of language. Bugan is such a natural poet that the most apparently straightforward account of life under Ceausescu transcends its grim subject. Her love poems and poems of landscape have a freshness one can only ache for.
    George Szirtes
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