Multipoetry Krakow. Ioana Gruia

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the 1st to the 10th) being devoted to enabling the Cities of Literaqture to project poetry, in English and Polish, onto the walls of one of the best-known buildings in the city’s old quarter: the Potocki building on Bracka Street.

Granada joined the project in June 2015, with ten poets participating, from which Krakow chose seven before the project ended in December de 2015: Ioana GruiaÁngeles MoraMónica DoñaJuan Carlos FriebeTrinidad GanErika Martínez and Virgilio Cara.

On 9 May 2015 a poem by Ioana Gruia was projected:


El espectro del poema / The Spectre of the Poem

       Hay una mariposa
       que vuela entre los versos.
       Busca el verso que falta,
       esa huella indeleble de su ausencia,
       el rastro delator de lo no escrito.
       A butterfly flutters
       through the verses.
       Searching for the missing line,
       that indelible mark of its absence,
       that telling trace of the unwritten. 
-De El sol en la fruta, 2011


Ioana Gruia (b. Bucharest, 1978) has lived in Granada since 1997, where she teaches comparative literature at the university. She has published (in Spanish) the poetry collections Otoño sin cuerpo (runner-up of the Federico García Lorca Prize in 2002), El sol en la fruta (Renacimiento, 2011; Premio de Poesía Andalucía Joven) and Carrusel (Visor, 2016; Premio Emilio Alarcos), the essay Eliot y la escritura del tiempo en la poesía española (Visor, 2009) and the novels La vendedora de tiempo (Renacimiento, 2013) and El expediente Albertina (Castalia, 2016).

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