150 km from Caineni-Bai to Bucharest
Claudia Serea


Umbrellas billboards Bergenbier
Bürger Bucharest 150 km
Iveco Lukoil hay bales a lake
mountains of melons blue flags
with circles of white stars satellite dishes corn
I believe I can fly skinny horses zinnias
Vizireni Sharazan something
about felicita happiness beans
soy beans Balhacu noon news Manzu Europa FM
IMF opposition lack of responsibility
crisis recession watermelons sunflowers
sunflower seeds banned from stadiums
wells Timisoareana beer Cosmote
pink cosmos Dorna mineral water
Madonna’s Bucharest concert her gypsy band booed
Reggae Listen to the music of the moment
more corn hay rolls poplars
abandoned assembly lines warehouses
rust oil tanks warm temperatures
and sunny skies in the Southeast
more sunflowers Coca Cola Coco-Rico
Love passes, the couch stays: Dedeman
Petrom Peugeot Botzenhart & Bosch Krasselt
Volkswagen Praktiker: Be a practical man
Bitelli Martelli Maria, don’t ya wanna break her?
Don’t ya wanna take her home?

That was Blondie 1999
Buzau, a martyr-city ButanGas
Argus, the giant with a thousand eyes Big Brother
The music of your summer Radio Romania
Take my breath away more corn more hay
Hyundai a cross someone died here
Faith No More in Bucharest
mountains of melons a girl sells honeydews
on the roadside she wears a yellow tank
the scent makes holy the rusty cars this fall,
tickets available the highway curls,
a vine over the earth, a cantaloupe hangs from the sky



Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in 5 a.m., Meridian, Harpur Palate, Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, and many others. She is the author of To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press), Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada). She also published the chapbooks Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and With the Strike of a Match (White Knuckles Press, 2011). She co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011).