author_photoRomana 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 American Literary Review, Poetry South, EcoTheo Review, Lunch Ticket, Harpur Palate, Stoneboat, PANKThe Normal School, Cagibi, Washington Square Review, Borderlands, and others. She currently scavenges for poems in the multilingual forests above Lausanne, Switzerland. 

This short poem I wrote many years ago may offer I 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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Swallow identification
“I meditate upon a swallow’s flight”   (W. B. Yeats)

My life—
the nest of the swallow that left
in late fall, burdened
by our sorrows.
My life—
a wickerwork of clay and branches,
white flowers
quivering in the mud.
The shadow of a wing
fallen upon the house.

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