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CORNELIA ATANASIU: THE MIRROR IS FALLING
Editura Atar
Bucaresti
Romania
ISBN 978 973 87806 1 3

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CORNELIA ATANASIU: THE MIRROR IS FALLING

The poems are translated from the Romanian into Japanese (Ana Maria Florescu) and English (Florin Daniel Onea). There are some very nice haiga by the poet as well. Cornelia Atanasiu, from Targoviste is a horticulturist engineer.

There has been some very interesting haiku works emerging from Romania in recent years and this book is one of them. The style of the poetry is distinctively Romanian with an emphasis on human input:

	Roar in the gulf 
	swallows in the evening
	kissing waves
Many of the poems are surprising in the images they offer:
	The white in the night 
	the foot of the lighthouse
	slashed by the waves

		Multicolored bridge
		lost in the water of the mill 
		beneath the rainbow

	Under the pen
	the soak ink 
	the first sketches
I think it best to view this book as a collection arising from the work of a poet over a number of years, showing her understanding and reverence of the form.

reviewer: Doreen King.