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Nina Cassian

  • It was a love like a chord from Bach, / of such pure gravity ...

    • Nina Cassian,
    • "It was a love" (1963), Call Yourself Alive? ()
  • My linguistic protest / has no power. / The enemy is illiterate.

    • Nina Cassian,
    • "Vowel," Call Yourself Alive? ()
  • I am subjective, intimate, private, particular, / confessional. / All that happens, / happens to me. / ... / If you're interested / in birds, trees, rivers, / try reference books. / Don't read my poems.

    • Nina Cassian,
    • "Ars poetica -- a polemic," Cheerleader for a Funeral ()
  • poets, / these species, these sepias / whose self defense / is splashing ink.

    • Nina Cassian,
    • "Poets," Cheerleader for a Funeral ()
  • With a triumphant smile, / I confront time / as its edged diamond / sculpts my features.

    • Nina Cassian,
    • "Poets," Cheerleader for a Funeral ()
  • I am greedy. Puritans scold me / for running breathlessly / over life's table of contents / and for wishing and longing for everything.

    • Nina Cassian,
    • "Greed," in The New Yorker ()

Nina Cassian, Romanian-born poet, translator, composer, journalist, film critic

(1924 - 2014)

Full name: Renée Annie Stefanescu Cassian.