I Scrape the Window of Nothingness: New & Selected Poems is a selection from Stella Vinitchi Radulescu’s English-language work published over several decades, along with a substantial collection of unpublished work. Melding the mystical, Surrealist, and Modernist traditions, Radulescu’s work is unique in American poetry. Words become tactile objects in Radulescu’s hands, and her poems enable us to experience language as if for the first time. As one reads these poems, gleaming fragments of experience accrue and begin to cohere in unanticipated ways, forming a monument to the mystery of existence.
“Remarkable for their condensed form, Radulescu’s poems privilege image over narrative, unpredictability over certainty, and pensive contemplation over exhilaration. Hermetic and shrouded from easy interpretations, the poems in this collection give voice, speech, and language stunning corporeality.”
—Roxana L. Cazan, The Chattahoochee Review
“This collection of new and selected poems from prolific and multilingual poet Stella Vinitchi Radulescu is charged with energy and possessed of an urgency difficult to find in much of contemporary poetry. I Scrape the Window of Nothingness reaches the reader at the level of the subconscious with poems that create an experience simultaneously surrealistic and dreamlike while also grounded, familiar. […] The poems in this collection are marked by a flexibility of language and startling imaginative leaps. In each, Radulescu’s work seems to be the careful reassembling of fragments of time into wholeness, […] her words so spare and polished they shine.”
“Stella Vinitchi Radulescu’s poems are rich in connotations, metaphysically profound in some great unlocatable fashion. Surreal, ethereal, some of the poems enact ghostly things, and a very powerful world view glitters and solidifies…. It’s a dark poetry shining with the ecstasy of the imagination let loose, a triumph of being, a war against banality.”
—David Dodd Lee, author of The Nervous Filaments