Romana Iorga was born in Chisinau, Moldova, earned a BA in Romanian and English Literature from the University of Bucharest and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She published two poetry chapbooks in her native Romanian, Poemul sosirii (Poem of Arrival) and Auz simplu (Simple Hearing). Her work in English has appeared or is forthcoming in Cordite Poetry Review, Lunch Ticket, American Literary Review, Poetry South, EcoTheo Review, Harpur Palate, Stoneboat, PANK, The Normal School, Cagibi, Washington Square Review, Borderlands, and others. In the fall of 2018, she was part of the first women-only cohort enrolled in AWP’s Writer to Writer mentorship program, working with mentor Erin Hoover. She currently serves as an Associate Editor at The Rupture and continues to scavenge for poems in the multilingual forests above Lausanne, Switzerland.
“This short poem I wrote many years ago may offer a clearer and more succinct insight into my life and work. One of its lines gave this blog its name. Twenty years later, I’m still mapping the nest.” ~ Romana Iorga
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the nest of the swallow that left
in late fall, burdened
by our sorrows.
a wickerwork of clay and branches,
quivering in the mud.
The shadow of a wing
fallen upon the house.