FALL 2010

Claudia Serea


A supermarket with empty shelves.
People in line in front of the bread store
pass the time telling stories.

Two men drink the plum brandy
nicknamed Dobrin’s Eyes:
it must be pay day.

A parking lot full of buses.

Behind it, the cement factory
where we play among mountains of sand
and rusty mixing towers.

Further away, a wheat field where in June
we pick bachelor buttons to make wreaths
and crown ourselves.

On the other side of the field,
the forest Pucioasa rises
with its sulfurous fumes.

All the storms come from it
to rattle my bedroom window.

That’s where the sun sets,
behind the clotted trees,

where, yesterday, a pregnant girl my age
hanged herself.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in Meridian, Mudfish, Main Street Rag, Harpur Palate, Exquisite Corpse, The Fourth River, The Red Wheelbarrow, and in numerous other anthologies and journals. She is the author of two poetry collections: Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and To Part Is to Die a Little, selected as a contest finalist by Main Street Rag in 2009. She also writes creative nonfiction, published by The Rambler and The Writers’ Workshop Review. Claudia lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company.




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