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79 de poezii

79 de poezii

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„Deși sunt multe lucruri care ne înfioară,
Să râdem de rețete, să nu gândim la fel” (Limpezire)

- Though many things haunt us,/Let's laugh of recipes, let's not think likewise... This is one of the (few) moments that determined me to give more than 1 star to this book. But why such a low rating, you may ask?...

I admit, I am sad/mad (how similar are the two words in English!) that this book has such a great visual presentation (let aside the great cover, there are several abstract illustrations done in coffee, which doesn't make any sense to me, but makes the book a lot more enjoyable), yet has such underwhelming poems!... I admit, after reading the first few poems, I was expecting it to be until the end a complete total fiasco, yet another volume of soulless pseudo-poetry that attempts to copy Eminescu or some other great of Romanian poetry. Turns out after a while that Doru Bilciurescu (that I do not know personally at all) has some blood in him. There are some genuine poetic moments here and, all in all, he feels like he is really trying and not just pretending that he's writing good poetry (although he doesn't manage always to avoid being awkwardly self-referential). It is a volume that common people who hate sophisticated ultramodern poetry will certainly enjoy.

My grip with it is that, all in all, it is commercial, it is way too simple for me to like (sorry, but I read tons of poetry, I simply can't read it like a newbie reader), it is still too conventional in a genre (love poems) that would need innovation... the versification is fair, but not brilliant, which is a blatantly obvious drawback at a time when only diamond-cut mannerists can get away anymore with rhymes in contemporary poetry. Doru Bilciurescu may have the necessary imaginative resources in the next volumes, but as of now this volume sits in an aesthetic area that is reminiscent more of "decent-ish" pop song or singer/songwriter lyrics than anything else.

Short side of long: There is a lot better poetry around that I could recommend, even in the case you're just looking for something likeable rather than "profound"... but if you're really obsessed with this, you may find something enjoyable here, though in a rather placebo way. I'm pretty sure even so I've read more into it than it is - probably that explains the abstract coffee drawings... ( )
  yigru.zeltil | Aug 24, 2014 |
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