After Light the Fire

by Constantin Severin

- a solo nijuin renku -

English version by Liviu Martinescu

the first butterfly
erupting crater
or sap at work in the grove

a mountain sprig on fire
two irises in bloom

the flames of those feathers
illuminate the cup
of our last tea

the book as well as the candle
transgress reality

winter moon
a spark of burning ice
over things from the past

from the depths of the mirror
render me this person to the snow

in your absence
moths swirl round
my eyesight

the spurt of o symphony
advancing in a mass of wax

sacred scarabaeous
that can only survive
by devouring itself

how the passage of thoughts
through the lamp bulb can hurt

two suns for one town
in a subterranean star
space is no more

how the rainbow soaks up
the light of angels

giving the wheel a spin
I could see against the spikes
her dreamlike face

the silence of the falling leaf
on sizziling shoulders

sun-flooded gate
the moon bouncing off
every blessed chestnut

when autumn comes the form takes off
to the world of my other self

the blind musician
warming his hands
the red tulips

I will only be able to play
during that hour the clock utterly lacks

home again
the wild rose
curls round the guitar

May wind dilating the fire
after the light had its chance

Constantin Severin, 1995

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Constantin Severin was born on the 8th of February 1952, in Baia de Arama, Romania., He is a writer, member of the Romanian Writers’ Union, represented by Your Agent Agency, Oslo and a visual artist, member of the International Art Group, 3rd Paradigm., He is the theorist and promoter of archetypal expressionism and of post –literature. Honorary citizen of his birthtown, Baia de Aramă, Mehedinţi, Romania, in May 2011., Poetry Works:, ‘’The Sunday of Things Real” (poetry), Junimea Publishing House, Iasi, Romania, 1984;, ”Wall and Neutrino” (poetry, bilingual edition-Romanian/English, translated by Liviu Martinescu), Vlasie Publishing House, Pitesti, Romania, 1994; the poem won The Bucovina Cultural Foundation Award;, ”Wall and Neutrino. The Poet in New York”, Minerva Publishing House, London, 1997; translation by Liviu Martinescu;, ”Improvisations on armonic key” (poetry), Axa Publishing House, Botosani, Romania, 1998;, ”The Axolotl” (poetry), Masina de Scris Publishing House, Bucharest, 1998; the first renga (renku) book in the Romanian literature, bilingual edition-Romanian/English, translation by Liviu Martinescu; the Bucovina Cultural Foundation Prize, 1999;, ”The Alchemical City” (selected poems), Dacia Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2002; the Bucovina Cultural Foundation Prize, 2003;, ”Improvisations on armonic key” (poetry, Opera Omnia), Tipo Moldova publishing house, Iasi, 2011. More info:,

Last updated September 25, 2011