LUCIA CHERCIU was born in Romania, has Romanian passions for the poor, the exiled, the murdered. Anti-communist, she came to America and miraculously manages to teach English at SUNY / Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, New York. She writes both in English and Romanian, but does not translate her own work.
“Lucia Cherciu’s poetry takes place on the memory train stopping at multiple stations, some of them real like Bucharest and the places of her childhood, others drawn from the milky sea of boundless myth that has a station in every Romanian-born poet. The train also stops in the Where of Now, announcing Lucia’s arrival with a blast of snow or a rain of sour cherries. Unscheduled and announced, it’s a train to watch for.”—Andrei Codrescu