Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Romanian Monthly Kukai - February 2016

Theme: Dragobete (the Romanian equivalent for Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 24)

Special Prize

another Dragobete –
left without a match
the lace gloves

Ana Drobot

A poem of nostalgia discreetly suggested. Another Dragobete observes the barren sequence of the years in which the calendar reminds, in a rather painful way, of what has been and will remain unrepeatable.  (Her) gloves without a match is the evocation of an expressive detail of what has been and never will be again. Expressive because it sends, symbolically, to times long gone. And it is not about a glove, peerless relic, but about the matchless, uniqueness of a love and of an era. The pair without a match.

 Another Dragobete can also be read in the sense of exceptionality, of another kind of. The one described is not just different. In fact, it is not just any holiday, but one that is special. It is the kind of holidays we recall with piety and regret, as we would say, in a tender and slightly ironic way, just like Sorescu: life was otherwise back then, more tactful…

(Comment by Corneliu Traian Atanasiu)

First Place

Dragobete day –
carved in the bark an
empty heart

Daniela Lăcrămioara Capotă

Second Place

Dragobete -
the neighbour’s rooster
jumping over the fence

Genovel-Florentin Frățilă

Third Place

Dragobete day -
even the snowman
glancing at the gate

Rafila Radu

Fourth Place

signs of thaw –
a warmer look
on Dragobete

Grigore Chitul

Dragobete -
hidden well under the cap
white hairs

Adriana Iacob

Fifth Place

on Dragobete -
the old lady’s glasses
getting foggy

Vasile Conioși-Mesteșanu

Sixth Place

on Dragobete -
a homeless man hugs
a dog to his chest

Mihai Mateiciuc

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Winners of the Debut Competition 2015

Constantin Iliescu

Concentric Circles

Gheorghe Oana

Butterfly, where are you going to? ...


Two books in one volume

which gathers together

poems by the two winners

of the debut competition in 2015.

Layout: Corneliu Traian Atanasiu

Reading and preface: Corneliu Traian Atanasiu

Publisher: PIM, 2016

74 pages, A5

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dance of the Cranes


Romanian Haiku

VIII the Year of Weekly Romanian Kukai

PIM Publishing House, 2016
263 pages, A5 format,

Volume coordinator: Corneliu Traian Atanasiu
Typing: Corneliu Traian Atanasiu
Desktop publishing: Corneliu Traian Atanasiu
Illustrations:      3 drawings – Mihaela Cojocaru
 7 photographs – Constantin Broșu

Proofreading: Oana Gheorghe

Afterword: Corneliu Traian Atanasiu

Collective volume containing the winning haiku poems during weeks 365-416 of Weekly Romanian Kukai, with author’s photograph, short bio, and 18 haiku poems each:

Atanasiu Corneliu Traian, Broșu Constantin, Calotă Rodica, Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara,Chitul Grigore, Codău Claudia Ramona, Cojocaru Mihaela, Conioși-Mesteșanu Vasile, Cuzuioc Ion, Drobot Ana, Dumitrache Roxana, Duvalma Carmen, Enăchescu Adina, Florin Florian, Gârda Petru-Ioan, Gheorghe Oana, Ghileschi Nadin Mihaela, Grigoraș Vasilica,Horvath Lucreția, Iliescu Constantin, Ionescu Petruța, Norea Dan, Oprea Cristina, Popescu Adrian-Nicolae, Popescu Virginia, Ralia Julia, Tamaș Valeria, Tănase Mariana, Tot Eugen, Tudosan Radu, Urma Ana 

Japanese crane –
its dancing steps
towards the sanctuary

Alex Şerban