At times bucolic, and pious, Nicolae Dabija writes in formal meter, with rhyme, and often employs biblical, as well as natural imagery, such as the rose. He employs surrealism as part of a tradition in modern Romanian literature known best, I suppose, by western readers in the plays of Ionesco.
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A 1972 graduate of the State University of Chisinau, Nicolae Dabija is the author of many volumes of poetry and essays, among them The Third Eye (1975), Pure Water (1980), In The Name of Orpheus (1983), The Unsigned Painting (1985), A Wing Under The Shirt (1989), Blackbird Once Wild, Now Tame (1992), The Teardrop That Can See (1994), Stone Egg (1995), and Freedom Has God's Face (1997).
Volumes and collections of his verse have appeared in translation in ten different countries. He has translated into Romanian the works of Lorca, Jukovski, and Goethe. He has also authored a variety of high school textbooks on Romanian history and literature.
Since 1986, he has been the editor of Literature and Art, a weekly left-wing newspaper devoted to the democratization of Moldova, its continued independence, and the fight against a return to totalitarianism. Mr. Dabija was a representative in the first Moldovan Soviet parliament to be chosen in free elections.
He is also the president of the National Association of Moldovan Scientists, Scholars and Artists, and has received several local and international awards for his poetry. These include The Youth Award, in 1997, the proceeds of which were used for the digging of a new well in his native village, Codreni. He received the 1988 Moldovan National Poetry Prize, and the 1994 Columna Prize for Poetry from the Romanian Academy of Arts and Letters.