Anastasia Dumitru. Inimii/The Gift of the Heart. Romanian/English. Constanta: Editura Celebris, 2018, ISBN 978-606-8849-56-0
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The initial impression of Anastasia Dumitru's INIMII/THE GIFT OF THE HEART I had proved more than correct when last night, unable to sleep, I read the entire book and stayed awake till about the dawn.
It is indeed a search for truth, for new life, for experiencing the heaven within, via divine effulgences in some very fine micro lyrics. The poet-professor’s 3-liners are meditative, contemplative, and spiritually uplifting, lyrically making the moments of silence evocative. As a truth-seeker, she turns her soul-realization into symbols of love, hope and faith that refresh the spirit, purify the heart and illumine the mind.
It won't be exaggerating if I say that The Gift of the Heart is an epic romance in brief lyrical fragments, rather flickers, with rare fervour, vigour and faith vis-a-vis the whirlpool of longing, the hunger of spirit, the tossing in agony, and the turn of imagination to grasp eternity in a moment of awareness: "give me only a moment--/I give you all my heart/in eternity ." Such a surrender, both physical and mental, to experience liberation through prayer, contemplation, compassion and love, a genuine salvation, or even nirvana, here on earth, in this life, is possible by discovering the heaven within, by human becoming divine: "in prayer--/the clay having the wings,/becoming the spirit."
I enjoyed participating in Anastasia's inner adventure and search for spiritual emancipation.
Dr. R.K. Singh, Retd Professorof English, IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, India
R K Singh