Flavia Cosma







Clay leaves,


Slowly rot on dark branches,

Millions of leaves glide over the world,

On wind’s soft wings,

Carpets of leaves,

—Crimson tears—

Rustle under the sad steps

Of great, unfulfilled loves;


In the autumn’s sleep someone finds you

Sitting on an old bench, always waiting.

Leaves embrace you in their protective arms,

Infinite longings turn back at sunset,

Touching your stony soul

With golden autumn’s fingers.



Before the night fall

The long-predicted fate will come true;


On slippery paths,

In a fairy-dream

Again I’ll be with you.





I dreamt of you yesterday and the day before too.

You came towards me, like then,

               with a helpless smile,

And eyes ablaze with fever.

I waited with all my being to recognize your voice,

To sense at my nape your golden whisper stealing

Through the roots of my hair,

Wanting you with a passion conceived in deliriums.

And you

Ended by transforming yourself

First into a trembling, undulating snake,

Then into a dog-cat,

Sorrowfully fawning

At my feet.





Window panes melt to mirrors;

The mirrors fuse into waves,

Changing over time

To window panes.


Mysteries deepen into night;

A perpetual tide becomes a foot bridge

Between this world and a fairy tale.


Dreams and nightmares lie heavy on our chests.

An unseen band hurriedly closes to us,

Chasing us with strange gestures from one sleep

               to another;

Something is missing, yet here seems to be everything,

But awake, we do not remember;

We are driven by alien impulses

As if somebody

Has wound us.


Threads of quiet draw us always back

Toward dear graves,

And amid startled candles flickering

We rediscover the peace of ancient rooms,

The calmness of today, and even sometimes,

The meaning of tomorrow.














Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. Later she studied Drama at the Community School of Arts—Bucharest, Romania. She is also an award winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer, and has published twenty-two books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and five books for children. Her work has been represented in numerous anthologies in various countries and languages, and her book, 47 Poems, (Texas Tech University Press) received the ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize.

Cosma was nominated three times for The Pushcart Prize with poems from Leaves of a Diary (2006), The Season of Love (2008) and Thus Spoke the Sea (2008).

Flavia Cosma was awarded Third Prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition- 2007, for co-translating In the Arms of the Father, poems by Flavia Cosma, (British Comparative Literature Association & British Literary Translation Centre)

Cosma’s Songs at the Aegean Sea made the Short List in the Canadian Aid Literary Awards Contest, Dec. 2007. Her translation into Romanian of Burning Poems by George Elliott Clarke was published in Romania in 2006. Her translation from Spanish into Romanian of work by the Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo was published in 2009 under the title Nimic Pentru Aici, Nimic Pentru Dincolo. Her translation of work by the USA poet Gloria Mindock was published in 2010 under the title La Porţile Raiului. Her translation into English of Profane Uncertainties by the Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo was published by Cervena Barva Press in 2010.

Cosma’s poetry book Leaves of a Diary was studied at the University of Toronto E. J. Pratt Canadian Literature during the school year 2007-2008. Flavia Cosma received the Title of Excellence for outstanding contribution in the promotion and enrichment of the Romanian culture within the European region and throughout the world, awarded by The International Festival “Lucian Blaga”, XXIX edition, Sebeş-Alba, Romania, 2009 Flavia was decorated with the Golden Medal and was appointed Honorary Member by the Casa del Poeta Peruano, Lima, Peru, in 2010, for her poetry and her work as an international cultural promoter.

Flavia Cosma is the director of the International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency, Val-David, Quebec, Canada.


Contact address: flaviacosma@rogers.com




  • POSTCARDS FROM RHODES, a travel memoir, 2010, Variety Crossing Press, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-0-9812279-2-4
  • MOONLIGHT FAIRY TALES, contes d’enfants, 2009, In Our Own Words Inc. Press, Mississauga, ON, Canada, ISBN 978-0-9809932-8-8
  • THUS SPOKE THE SEA, poèmes, 2008, KCLF-21 Press, Toronto, ON, Canada, ISBN 978-0-9782020-6-4. 80 pages.
  • THE SEASON OF LOVE, poèmes, 2008, Cervena Barva Press, Somerville, MA, USA, ISBN 978-0-615-20097-2, 89 pages.
  • A COUNTRY OF ONE, un E-livre, www.brindin.com 2007,100 pages
  • THE ADVENTURES OF TOMMY TEDDY BEAR AND ALEX LITTLE BUNNY, un livre pour enfants, 2007, Korean-Canadian Literary Forum-21 Press, Toronto, ON, Canada, ISBN 0-9782020-1-9
  • GOTHIC CALLIGRAPHY, poèmes, 2007, Cervena Barva Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
  • LEAVES OF A DIARY, poèmes, 2006, Korean-Canadian Literary Forum-21 Press, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 0-9689561-7-3, 72 pages.
  • FATA MORGANA, poèmes, 2003, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, ISBN 0-7734-3482-8, 87 pages.
  • WORMWOOD WINE, poèmes, 2004, 2001, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, ISBN 0-7734-3416-X, ISBN 0-7734-3553-0 (hc), 87 pages.
  • THE FIRE THAT BURNS US, novel, 1996, Singular Speech Press, Canton, Connecticut, ISBN 1-880286-34-3, 114 pages.
  • 47 POEMS, 1992, Texas Tech University Press, ISBN 089672-304-6, ISBN 0-89672-279-1, 99 pages. (Richard Wilburn ALTA Prix pour la traduccion).
  • FAIRY TALES de Flavia Cosma, 1990, Canadian Stage and Arts, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 0-919952-48-8, 47 pages.




  • PLUMAS DE ANGELES, poemas, 2008, Editorial Dunken, Buenos Aires, Argentina, ISBN 978-978-02-3508-8, 87 pages
  • HOJAS DE DIARIO, poemas 2011, Editorial Maribelina, Lima, Peru
  • EL BARRIO LATINO, poemas 2012, Editorial Maribelina, Lima, Peru, ISBN 978-9972-685-42-2, 90 pages




  • LE MIEL TROUBLE DU MATIN, poèmes, mai 2012, l’Editions L’Harmattan, Paris, France, ISBN 978-2-296-96071-8, 146 pages




  • TRUPUL LUNII, poems, ISBN 978-973-148-111-1, Editura Ars Longa, 2012, Iasi, Romania
  • PE CĂI DE NIMENI ŞTIUTE, poems, ISBN 978-973-148-074-9, Editura Ars Longa, 2011, Iasi, Romania
  • FOCUL CE NE ARDE, roman, ISBN 978-973-148-075-6, Ars Longa Press, 2011, Iasi, Romania
  • CARTIERUL LATIN, poems, ISBN 978-973-148-073-2, Ars Longa Press, 2011, Iasi, Romania
  • POVEŞTI SUB CLAR DE LUNĂ/ CONTES DE FÉES, contes (édition bilingue Romanian/French), Ars Longa Press, 2009, Iaşi Romania, ISBN 978-973-148-028-2, 151 pages.
  • NEANT BINEVOITOR, (BENEVOLENT ABYSS), poèmes de Flavia Cosma, Maison d’édition Semne, 2007, Bucharest, Romania, ISBN 978-973-624-533-6, 103 pages.
  • CÂNTECE LA MAREA EGEE, (SONGS AT THE AEGEAN SEA), poèmes de Flavia Cosma, Maison d’édition Ars Longa, 2007, Iaşi, Romania, ISBN 978-973-8912-74-8, 71 pages.
  • TEATRU PENTRU COPII MICI ŞI MARI, Maison d’édition Familia 2007, Oradea, Romania, ISBN 978-973-9401-73-9, 58 pages.
  • IN BRAŢELE TATĂLUI (IN THE ARMS OF THE FATHER), poèmes, 2006, Maison d’édition Cogito, Oradea România, ISBN 973-8032-52-0, 88 pages.
  • RHODOS SAU RHODES SAU RODI, Jurnal Sentimental, (Journal de voyaje), Oct. 2005, Maison d’édition Limes, Cluj, România, ISBN 973-726-093-7, 150 pages.
  • JURNAL, poèmes, 2004, Maison d’édition Cogito, Oradea, România, ISBN 973-8032-35-0, 68 pages.
  • AMAR DE PRIMĂVARĂ (BITTERNESS OF SPRING), poèmes, 2003, Maison d’édition România Libera, Bucharest, România, ISBN 973-86308-8-6, 83 pages.
  • CINĂ CU DEMONI (DINING WITH DEMONS), poèmes, 1999, Maison d’édition Eminescu, Bucharest, România, ISBN 973-22-0759-0, 91 pages.
  • PĂSĂRI ŞI ALTE VISE (BIRDS AND OTHER DREAMS), poèmes, 1997, Maison d’édition Eminescu, Bucharest, România, ISBN 973-22-0589-X, 84 pages.




  • Citadela, Satu Mare, Romania, Sept. 2007 (Cerul de LapteTrei Inimi)
  • Variety Crossing Volume 9, Toronto, 2007 (The Word)
  • Murmurs of Voices / Murmure des voix / Murmurul Vocilor, Cogito Publishing House, 2007: (Bilingual Poems by Flavia Cosma: The Oldest of the OldNocturnal SilenceResurrectionIf I Could Be…In the Arms of the Father; also translations by Flavia Cosma of poems by Gloria Mindock, George Elliott Clarke, Dae-Tong Huh)
  • A Canadian Anthology of Poetry – Butterfly Thunder, A Beret Days Book, 2007 (Blind Bird and The Moon’s Body)
  • Verse Afire, Tri-Annual Publication of The Ontario Poetry Society (Leaves of a Diary 18)
  • Citadela, Literary Magazine, Satu-Mare, Romania (Translations by Flavia Cosma of two poems by Gloria Mindock)
  • Istanbul Literary Review – September 2007 a. (Poems: BeyondLamentStones-WordsHazy Twilight,Under the Cover of Time, also, excerpt of: Rhodes or Rhodos or Rodi – Travel memoir by Flavia Cosma)
  • Earls Court e-zine (Appointment)
  • Poetry Salzburg Review, Nr. 10, Autumn, 2006 (Solitude and Remoteness)
  • Unlocking the Muse, Beret Days Press, 2006 (Ask Me)
  • CAA Anthology, Nov. 16, 2006 (Manege AquaticIn The AfternoonThe Rain DescendsThe Lesson,Sculpture)
  • Poesia, Fayetteville, Arkansas, October 2005 (Night of Autumn, Nocturnal Silence)
  • Anthology Amor Olvidado, El Centro de Estudios Poeticos, Madrid, Spain (La Estacion del Amor)
  • Canadian Women’s Studies, Toronto, Canada, October 2005 (Bullfight)
  • ABSINTHE, New European Writing, 2005
  • Variety Crossing, Toronto, 2005
  • Parameter, Manchester, UK Vol. 1, September, 2005 (Of Late Autumn, Resurrection, Separation)
  • Clepsidra cu Marturii, ed. Adam, 2003, Bucuresti, Romania
  • Aurora 2003, Oradea, Romania
  • Literatura Na Swiecie, 1998, Warszawa, Poland
  • KCL Modern Poetry In Translation, 1994-95
  • LIPS – International Women Poets 1993, Montclair, NJ, USA
  • Poetry East 1990, Depaul University, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Canadian Women Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, 1989
  • Liberte, Montreal, Canada, 1988




  • League of Canadian Poets
  • Writers’ Union of Romania
  • The Academy of American Poets
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada
  • Pen International – Canada
  • British Comparative Literature Association
  • Writers and Editors Network, Toronto




Writing, Producing and Directing

  • « Romania, A Country At The Crossroads »

Canadian Scene National Award for TV Documentary, 1991

  • « Freedom Sweet Dream » A look at post-revolution Romania, 1992
  • « The Scott Mission of Toronto, A Miracle on Spadina Avenue », 1995




Writing, Producing and Directing

  • « The Legend of the Sunflower », 1970, Children’s Radio Drama, Bucharest, Romania
  • « The Four Brothers », 1971, Children’s Radio Drama, Bucharest, Romania
  • « Folk Tales », 1971, Children’s Radio Drama, Bucharest, Romania
  • « Three Folk Tales », 1980, Sainte Marguerite Bourgeouys Catholic School, Toronto, Ontario




  • March 4, 2009 – Noches de Poesia, Montreal
  • February 6, 2009 – Laurentian University, Sudbury
  • February 27, 2009 – Nellie’s Shelter
  • December 3, 2007 Poetry Reading – Cooked and Eaten Events, 2007-08 season – Cervantes Restaurant, 211 Hunter St. W. Peterborough, ON 7:30pm
  • May 16, 2007, Flavia read at a poetry reading presented by DRAFT
  • February 14, 2007 reading and lecturing about poetry at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter, Toronto
  • Author Series – Deer Park Library « Flavia Cosma, a renowned Romanian poet, read from her ninth book of poetry Leaves of a Diary » Wednesday, November 1, 2006
  • September 9, 2006: Flavia Cosma read at the Vaughan Poets’ Circle
  • September 6, 2006 Literary Soiree: Flavia Cosma read from her latest books at the Romanian Association ARTA – Kitchner and Banatul Romanian Cultural Centre (Event sponsored by The Writer’s Union of Canada)
  • Flavia read at Poetry in Translation, Art Bar, November 22, 2005, Toronto, Ontario
  • Launching of Jurnal and Amar de Primavara, December 18, 2005, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Launching of Fata Morgana at Coffee Mill, Toronto, 2003
  • Launching of Wormwood Wine at the Centre for the East European Studies, University of Toronto, February 2002
  • Reading at Carpathian Books Literary Event, Toronto, Jan. 1994
  • Visiting Writers Program, Sunny College at Farmingdale, NY December 1992
  • Reading Series at the United Nations, New York, June 1991
  • Bridging the Waters, an International Festival of Poetry and Writing in Translation, Passaic College, Paterson, New Jersey, March 18, 1989
  • 11th Annual Conference of the American Literary Translators Association, New York, October 19-22, 1988
  • Reading at Innis College Town Hall, U of Toronto, Nov. 25, 1987
  • Une Nuite de Poesie, Semaine Francophone a Toronto, Oct. 1987
  • Three Folk Tales by Flavia Cosma, directed by Flavia Cosma, at Blessed Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School, May-June 1980




  • October 27, 2007 Speaking about Human Rights in Multicultural Canada and The Condition of Writers In Exile at the University of Bucharest, Romania
  • October 20, 2007 Speaking about Human Rights in Multicultural Canada and The Condition of Writers In Exile at the University of the North, Baia Mare, Romania
  • October 18, 2007 Speaking about Human Rights in Multicultural Canada and The Condition of Writers In Exile at the University of Iaşi, Romania
  • May 1, 2007, 10:00am – speaking on Human Rights to students at Henry Hudson Public School, Scarborough
  • May 8, 2007 « Reality Day » Flavia Cosma spoke about television documentary production at a career day event, at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Ajax, ON
  • December 6, 2006, speaking to 100 students at Cornell Jr. Public School, about Human Rights and Refugee Camps.
  • April 10, speaking about Human Rights in a Totalitarian State at Banting and Best School, Scarborough, ON, to grade 5 students.
  • April 7, reading from « Leaves of a Diary » and speaking about poetry at Leaside High School, to grade 12 and 13 students
  • March 7, 2006, speaking of life in a Totalitarian Society to grade 7 and 8 students, at St. Marguerite d’Youville School, Richmond Hill, ON.
  • Talking about Refugee Camps in Europe: Jan. 12, 2006, Leaside High School, two separate groups, grade 12 and grade 10/gifted students
  • Reflections of Human Rights: Dec. 17, 2005, Dallington Public School, speaking to grade 5 and 6 students




  • Flavia was invited to write at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre « Waves of the Three Seas » in the island of Rhodes, from September 16 to October 16, 2007
  • Santa Fe Art Institute, July 1 to August 1 2007
  • International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre, Rhodes – March 6 to March 31 2005
  • International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre, Rhodes – June 20 to July 12 2006



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