Sometimes I Can’t Fall Asleep by Claudia Serea

Art credit - Elizabeth Stark

Art credit – Elizabeth Stark

Claudia Serea immigrated from Romania to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, and many others. A four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012,) The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012,) A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013,) To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, forthcoming) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, forthcoming.)

Serea belongs to the poetry group The Red Wheelbarrow Poets and is the co-founder and translations editor of The National Translation Month. She co-hosts The Williams Readings poetry series in Rutherford, NJ and writes on her commute between New Jersey and New York. She would like to thank New Jersey Transit for allowing her plenty of time to write every day. More at cserea.tumblr.com.

About this poem: This poem is inspired by a series of nightmares and dreams of my young daughter. Her imagination is fascinating and her stories find their way into many of my poems. I mix them with some of my own childhood memories and Romanian folk tales and myths, trying to capture the innocence, mystery, and wonders of early childhood lost when we become adults.

More links:

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Claudia-Serea/e/B00J4IMTW6

Red Wheelbarrow Poets page: http://redwheelbarrowpoets.wordpress.com/claudia-serea/

Poems:

Audio and video poems on Poetry Storehouse

The Russian Hat

Poem in Contrary Magazine

Three poems in Mad Hat Lit

 

The author.

The author.

Bucharest. Where the wild things are.

Bucharest. Where the wild things are.

Stepping out of the darkness.

Stepping out of the darkness.

Birds of the same feather.

Birds of the same feather.

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