Dan Danila is a poet and painter who has lived in Leonberg, Germany since 1990. He was born in 1954 in Romania, where he graduated from the Arts High School of Sibiu/Hermannstadt. His poems, short stories, translations, and graphics have been published by leading literary magazines in Romania, Germany, Denmark, Canada, and the United States.
Dan has published five books of poetry in Romanian. He has also translated into Romanian five book-length selections of French and German literary works by Franois Villon, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wolf von Aichelburg and Georg Scherg.
In 2000, he won the LITERART XXI Award for his translations of Rilke's poetry. He is a member of the Romanian Writers' Association.
Her best one cannot be captured on a canvas,
her finest will never hang in museums–
for Autumn is by far the greatest painter:
the winds over desert or snow,
and flames are her most skilful brushes.
Such an ephemeral picture like a shimmer–
how to capture it, how to keep that haze
on a dark mirror, or in the purple clouds
over the forest, or on the inside of your eyelids–
views of yellow rocks washed by the sand.
A thin black widow in her eighties,
my moon-eyed grandmother, told us
(the circle of kindred spirits and grandchildren
almost jealous of her blindness) about
the most wonderful coloured dreams-
her long, countless, unbelievable visions-
as she grew smaller and smaller,
ordering the pictures of her youth
beneath her forehead, again and again,
smiling girlishly on her white deathbed.
The most wonderful is like memory:
there is no frame to contain that
landscape lasting but one wink or less.