Angel Riding a Beast

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1659-7

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1658-0
Publication Date
November 1998
Page Count
75 pages
Trim Size
4 3/4 x 8

Angel Riding a Beast

Liliana Ursu

The poems in Angel Riding a Beast are the stunning expression of the Romanian poet Liliana Ursu's years in America. The sadness and paradoxes of exile and the clarity of a cross-cultural awareness become for Ursu the psychological and descriptive framework for poems infused with the emotion and images of erotic longing and spiritual loneliness.

About the Author

Liliana Ursu was born in 1949 in Bucharest, Romania, and was educated in French and English at Bucharest University. She has published seven books of poetry and two books of short stories. In 1997, her book of poetry The Sky behind the Forest was published in an English translation by Bloodaxe Press. In 1992 and 1997, she was a Fulbright Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. She currently produces a weekly literary program for the Cultural Department of Romanian National Radio.

Bruce Weigl teaches in the writing program at Pennsylvania State University and is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently What Saves UsĀ  (1992) and Sweet Lorain (1996), both published by TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press.
"Her best [poems] pay tribute to Ovid and Ezra Pound, whose fractured lyricism she often echoes in poems about her native land, upon which her reputation will develop." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ursu seeks to make concrete such abstract concepts as home, exile, love, hope . . . she bridges the gulf between the practical and the theoretical or between what is and what could be."--World Literature Today
"The sympathetic humanity of her cultural observations and the physicality of her poetic images give Ursu's poetry an affecting and universal perspective in which disparate experiences and places coalesce in a singular human landscape." --Translation Review

"Carnivorous and tender, majestic and human" --Tess Gallagher