writer / director / ARTivist
Saviana reads from her new book GOOGLE ME!
Cornelia Street Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, KGB Bar, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE READINGS in New York venues and beyond!!!
I had to move into another language
Mine was too small to poor too lazy
Too beautiful but self-destructive
In an old-fashioned romantic way
The words grew to fight with each other
And die on cyber battle fields
Defeated by the God of Internet
And the American Dream always reborn
Out of the ash of our daily nightmares
GOOGLE ME! GOOGLE ME!
Everyone I know googles me now
Google is my proof that I exist. I think therefore I am?
No. I have a website therefore I am: www.saviana.com
That’s why I really needed to move into the English language.
So people who google me can understand who I am
And what I am doing on this noisy earth.
I called the movers to help me
No one answered. But I must say that
The voice of the machine answering my call was really sweet
She said Thank you for calling Global Movers
You need a passport. You need a visa.
You need to wait in line at the American Embassy in Bucharest
You need to get up early
There are people waiting since last night
Sleeping on the sidewalk across the Embassy
You can’t stay on the same side
There are guards guarding
And you don’t have an American passport
So thank you for calling and try again
During our office hours
Although we don’t actually have office hours
We are an internet company. Visit our website you can travel
Wherever you want. On our website.
We are looking forward to your feedback
Write it down on globalmoversblogs.com
So why do I need to move at all?
Why do I need to travel?
There’s a McDonalds on my block in Bucharest
There’s a cinema with Hollywood movies two blocks away
I’ve got a laptop a DVD player an American dishwasher.
Everything is fine.
Global Movers I don’t need you
I’ll just stay here in my small Romanian apartment.
I’ll google everything and everybody. I’ll live a full life
In English without subtitles
And I’ll never move I’ll never talk
I will apply for O1 visas
Again and again and again
I will introduce myself HELLO
I am Saviana-you-know-the-Romanian
I am Nadia Comaneci the gymnast
I am Dracula the vampire
I am Ceausescu the dictator
I am Romica-the-Clown twisting balloons
at McDonald’s in Victory Square in Bucharest
I am a global foreigner
I am a new New Yorker
I am 40
I google myself every day before breakfast
to make sure that I exist
and I can start boiling an egg
I eat therefore I am
I am therefore I eat
Therefore I am eat am I
Confusion – back to numbers
Where did I put my passport? Here.
I am the O1 visa nr 20071691340002
for aliens with extraordinary abilities
in the ARTS
I am an alien
with extraordinary skills
longing to become
(recent poetry readings at
Cornelia Cafe and Dixon Place in New York)
Click here to see/download the poster
Listen to Saviana reading poems from her new book GOOGLE ME!
(at a writers' conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee - NO, she can't sing Chattanooga-choo-choo :-)
(for those who got this far on my website)
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD the book "GOOGLE ME"
Saviana's recent readings at the BOWERY POETRY CLUB (with Ugly Ducking Press' Eastern European Poets Series) and the RUSSIAN SAMOVAR during the AWP Conference in New York.
You should know that:
Saviana's poetry has appeared in many English-language journals including Talisman, Poetry London, Metamorphoses, Exquisite Corps, Pen Club Magazine, The Temple, Watchword, Absinthe, The Saint Ann’s Review, etc.
She has had readings in diverse venues such as: Bowery Poetry Club, Cornelia Café, Russian Samovar, KGB Bar, International House, Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, the Romanian Embassies in Washington DC and London, Club A, Museum of Romanian Literature, various international Bookfairs, universities
She toured UK with poetry readings (Bath Literature Festival, Cambridge, Dylan Thomas Center – Swansea, Salisbury, London).
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