Daniel Ionita, born in Bucharest, Romania, teaches Organisational Improvement, part time, at the University of Technology Sydney. Over the last ten years Daniel has dedicated much of his time to poetry. He has had his own work published in both his native Romania as well as Australia and the USA.
In addition, Daniel’s passion has been sharing poetry through anthologies, bilingually in English and Romanian, as a principal translator and editor of volumes such as Testament – 400 Years of Romanian Poetry, a comprehensive collection of Romanian poetry in English from its origins until today. This volume won the most important translation award in Romania, for representing Romanian literature into a foreign language – the “Antoaneta Ralian” Prize awarded by the International Bookfair Gaudeamus-Bucharest 2019.
Other such anthologies include The Bessarabia of My Soul – a representation, also in English, of poets from the Republic of Moldova (for which Daniel was awarded the Poetry Prize of the “Literature & Art” magazine in the Republic of Moldova – 2018), and Return Ticket from Sydney to Bistrita – A Lyrical Carousel between the Antipodes. This work brings together, again bilingually, two groups of poets living and creating 17000 kilometers apart: “The Judith Beveridge Poetry Class” from Sydney and “The Palace of Culture Bistrita Poetry Group” from Romania.
Daniel is the current president of the Australian-Romanian Academy for Culture.
Flying Islands Pocket Poet Publications
Short Bursts of Eternity
Instructions for reading this volume:
I will be home, or maybe not when you arrive.
The soup is in the empty fridge; just warm it up.
A ghost of lettuce and a spectre of some buttercup,
there should be something, maybe nothing, to contrive.
Not much to do about that cough, should it persist,
and settle in the guest room, should it still exist.
Watch some TV, there’s nothing on unless there is,
and read this book with missing pages – hers and his.