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The poet Dan Sociu was born in the Moldavian regional capital Botoşani in the far north east of Romania in 1978. He studied political science, philosophy, Romanian and Slavonic studies at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Jassy. He then worked there as a publisher’s reader & since 2005 has been working as an editor for a Bucharest publishing house.

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Sociu belongs to lớn the younger generation of poets, the so-called poets of »2000« who are often called representatives of »Miserabilism« by Romanian literary critics. This expression defines both a tendency khổng lồ take on the pose of anti-nhân vật và biographical writing which puts an emphasis on the banality of everyday life, allowing itself to be influenced by American popular literature. There is a definite rejection of any continuation of domestic traditions & the precious claim that literature is art is seen as grotesque or paradoxical: »i had / not yet seen any writers i thought they were all / dead, or even more than that.« In contrast, Sociu is committed khổng lồ a dialogical poetics that is cthua trận khổng lồ life, in which there are as many poetic subjects as existentially relevant meetings: »sometimes I feel that someone has died on me / in my head / then I embrace myself và wake up / and three days later / I spit out a frozen toàn thân / a tiny foetus / with lively blue / eyes / a small human with head in hands«.

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At numerous readings in Romania and abroad Sociu has emerged as a charismatic poet, appreciated by the audience. At first he published cycles of poems và translations in Romanian literary journals. He has made a name for himself as a member of the Jassy literature group »Club 8«, which sets out to lớn oppose the cultural establishment. In 2002 he made his literary début with the volume »borcane bine legate, bani pentru încă o săptămînă« (t: well sealed preserving jars, money for one more week) for which he was awarded the national prize to lớn foster talent »Minhị Eminescu« in 2003. A year later he published his second volume of poems, »fratele păduche« (t: brother louse), và in 2005 he made a breakthrough with »cântece eXcesive« (t: eXcessive songs) which was awarded Best Book of the Year by the Romanian writers’ association.

A selection of Sociu’s poems have been translated for German và English anthologies. Translations of his poems have sầu also appeared in the Austrian literary magazine »Wienzeile«. He himself has also translated Charles Bukowski and published an anthology of poems by the author. Currently, Sociu is working on his first novel »Urbancolia«, which is to be published in 2008. He lives in Bucharest.