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Nichita Stănescu has gone beyond his generation, decanting the lyric till its essence. He lives and infers the needs of his moment. Stănescu understands that art cannot survive if it does not serve the inner "truths" or if it does not return to be a way of knowledge. His entire life, the poet is obsessed with the possibility of making clear his thought to himself through words.

"The first obstacle that I have passed was that of the words (understanding that words are the material of poetry) making myself turn from personal poetry, strictly related to words, to a poetry that was more and more impersonal, so with a larger addressability. "

Nichita Stănescu

"There is a strange mixture of forces within Nichita Stănescu: an almost religious respect towards poetry and an almost cynical obedience to the real. [..] Nichita Stănescu represents a specific way of being a poet in our world. It is difficult to find a model alike him in the previous literature."

 Translated from Simion, Eugen (1985). Sfidarea retoricii. Bucuresti: Cartea Românească

"The novelty of Nichita Stănescu's poetry was obvious right from the beginning, even if only in a superficial manner. The way he talked about himself and about the world was, before anything else, shocking. With what should we liken the lyrical anatomies of the poet who was innocently making himself aware of his body? From the imponderability of things: jumping, dancing, floating, flying? Poetry imagined a real world without gravity, immaterial, delicate, in which the objects slide from a form into another, from a contour into another like some mysterious fluids; and, in the same time, a substantial and dense world of feelings, in which these feelings get in touch with each other, hit and hurt each other."

 Translated from Manolescu, Nicolae - Nichita Stănescu in Contemporanul, No. 40/1970

"A tendency to place his lyrical discourse under the sign of the game was clear from Nichita Stănescu's first book. In the literary scene of the late 60s, our poet was sketching the project of a space that promised a new positioning of the lyrical self towards the Universe. Nichita Stănescu continues the tendencies of his predecessors, but mostly taking their ideas into a vision of his own."

Translated from Pop, Ion (1985). Poetry and Game in Tribuna, No. 19/1972 

All texts translated by © Gustav Demeter