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 collections in her native Romanian. Her work in English has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, Poet Lore, Salamander, Gulf Coast, Bellingham Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, EcoTheo Review, Radar Poetry, The Hunger, American Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, Harpur Palate, Cagibi, PANK, and others. In the fall of 2018, she was part of AWP’s Writer to Writer mentorship program, working with mentor Erin Hoover. She’s a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee 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.