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 Lunch Ticket, Harpur Palate, Sheila-Na-Gig, SWWIM Every Day, Stoneboat, The Normal School, Cagibi, Washington Square Review, PANK, The American Journal of Poetry, 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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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.