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Simona Nastac

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Simona Nastac is an award-winning poet and art curator based in London. In 2017 she published The Depressing Colour of Honey (Tracus Arte, Bucharest), which won the Alexandru Mușina Prize “The King of the Morning” for poetry debuts. Her work has been featured in Asymptote Journal, Harana Poetry, The Blue Nib, Portmanteau LDN, En Bloc, and Black Bough Poetry among others. Since 2016 she has been the curator of the experimental poetry night at the Bucharest International Festival of Poetry. She can be found at


Nova Altamira

A relative September morning,

geopolitical time,

blank passage.


the end beneficiary of the day,

the little fish with gills,

the precarious,

wear your simulacra,

contingency, and implants

on the surface,

algorithmically loving

your posthumanity,

Plato’s cave,

thy neighbour.


Snowballs I was going to the airport by bus. Even in my dreams public transport makes me feel rich:

time is money,

money is space,

space is nature,

nature is water,

water is life.

Why would I hurry?

Exiting a body,

political or otherwise,

always ends up plausible,

increasingly indivisible,

up to implosion.


Somewhere Nearby the Field Stretches

I lay down across the bed,

my head gravitating towards the coffee stain

on the carpet. 100% wool, Berber style.

I read my fortune

in the dregs resistant to Persil:

you will receive inheritance money,

one third for gas, one for water, and one

to call your parents. Tell them

that perspectivism,

normative – situational – existential,

is a thing. From books: Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche. For or against one or countless truths.

Or none.

Like the first line of a poem you will never write.

In reality, parents look their children

in the eyes without seeing

the victims.


Kiss Me

Feel the world with your tongue,

observe how warm and round it is:

the soft skin, pulsing flesh, and untouched interior,

with its dark, sweet flavour.

Like a plum,

pregnant with secrets. Like the mouth of a river that poets call the dream of men. I will destroy it for you, my love.

It is the happy hour of entanglement,

hunger, and thirst. Tides rush in,

algae blooms.

In the seed,

in the sky,

in the socket of the eye,

beauty is the need to place roses

on a grave.



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