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June 26, 2022

Poems by Nina Cassian and Doina Ioanid in top 50 most beautiful love poems in the world

Poems by writers Nina Cassian and Doina Ioanid were included in an international ranking of the top 50 most beautiful love poems of the past 50 years, reports the British newspaper The Guardian. Thus, “The Yellow Dog” by Doina Ioanid and “Lady of Miracles” by Nina Cassian were among the most beautiful 50 love poems of the past 50 years.
“Heart in hand I’ve been walking all over the city, treading the first snow of the year under my feet. And my heart, sprinkled with wine and with vinegar, went on rotting away to the beat of my years – all thirty and seven of them – while the magpies assembled on the drummer-boy’s shoulder. Bones alone couldn’t save me. Nor could your name, Argentina, you, Land of Promise. Only a big yellow dog had mercy on me – humbly walked up to me and ate up my heart, taking his time. Then he left, moving away towards the horizon like an enormous sun flower”, reads the English version of Doina Ioanid’s “The Yellow Dog”.
The English version of “Lady of Miracles” by Nina Cassian is the following: “Since you walked out on me/ I’m getting lovelier by the hour./ I glow like a corpse in the dark. / No one sees how round and sharp / my eyes have grown / how my carcass looks like a glass urn, / how I hold up things in the rags of my hands, / the way I can stand though crippled by lust. / No, there’s just your cruelty circling / my head like a bright rotting halo”.

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