James delves into the creative world of the artist-poet, Anca Mihaela Bruma, a Romanian gymnast of yesteryears, who teaches business studies in Dubai. A global citizen, who stayed in four continents, Anca feels poems are a tool and path for women to claim their own inner feminine powers. She uses poetics as a form of literary education, self-discovery and social engagement. Here’s a profile.
Anca Mihaela Bruma strives to continuously challenge and change the world we live in by means of art, and it is by breaking away from old traditions that she invigorates the art world in pursuit of a new emotional intellect. It is central to her own belief that it is her duty to empower, motivate, inspire, educate and heal. The awakening of the latent gifts we all perhaps unknowingly possess is also central to her quest.
In an astute and complex combination of art forms, Anca enhances the essence of poetry, bringing it to another level, creating a higher, more esthetic literary culture where creativity and logic abide in harmony. This, she succeeds in doing through the symphonic audio-visualisations, which have become her distinctive trademark, where visual is visionary; the mystical weds mathematical, and lyrical flirts with the musical.
Although Anca rebelled against formal education as a child, she could not rebel against the artist that was burgeoning within. From an early age she was able to intuitively perceive transformation in all things, and thus she started to nurture an impulsive desire to be somehow part of this transformation. Later, this urge would lead to her pursuing a rigorous program of independent study, which would include literature, philosophy, art, and history.
It is her belief that through art she can transform and enhance human consciousness.
Anca seeks to restore poetry to public culture by engaging the imagination of her ‘reader-listeners’ in a way that encourages them to use critical analysis of the experiential, performative, and creative vectors which run through her visual poetry.
She endeavors to enrich human consciousness or, at the very least, protect intrinsic values from depredation. Where art would at times seem to create opposition to the natural forces of time and morality, Anca helps us make sense of, even come to terms with the oblivion stretching before us.
The Poet-artist, Anca
Anca is an educator, lecturer, performance poet, eclectic thinker, mentor with staunch multi-cultural mindset and entrepreneurial attitude. She considers herself a global citizen, having lived in four continents. Her eclecticism can be seen in her intertwined studies, she pursued: a Bachelor of Arts (Romania) and a Master of Business Administration (Australia).
The author labels her own writings as being ‘mystically sensual’, a tool and path for women to claim their own inner feminine powers. She uses poetics as a form of literary education, self-discovery and social engagement.
Through her writings she surpasses what seem to be the limitations of the human but emphasising on the essence of the woman, of the goddess. The main theme, love, is basically presented as a transformative experience in life, the energising force in the universe and empowering the creative feminine.
The artist Anca has just launched her first book, The Light of our Beingness: I am that You Are. Anca is a firm believer in the ‘total artist’, and synthesises her own view of how she visualises and interacts with the world, by blending the arts, and bending the fundamental rules of these arts for the sake of Art itself. She has creatively transformed her own writings into a visual art, in much the same fashion that Débussy and Stravinsky reformed the structural principles of music, replacing them with structural visualisations of art.
Anca brings renewed hope into our lives through a healing by words, where patterns shift and collide and the geometric shapes of life assemble and re-assemble in mathematical purity and perfection.
Her poems are as rhythmical notes on musical bars revealing the psalms of life in sweet adagios, concertos of chaos and powerful symphony whose final crescendos sweep us into eternal bliss, surrealism and universal dimensions of exquisite transcendental realisation of the circle of Life.
When she writes she sees a painting in front of her eyes, using symbolism and allegory in order to capture the infinite intelligence gathering the reflections of truth with a strong mystic sense of the boundless, of the opening out of the world of our normal finite expressions into the transcendental. Like an architect of a language she builds a language within a language, a world within a world, using vivid, sometimes surreal, imagery, giving her poetry a feeling of transcendence.
Her writings reflect her spiritual autobiography, with depictions of hidden reality, with no limitations of space and time, – a quantum view of existence. Currently, she sees her writings as a practice of being present within the language, a paradigm of living encoded within the message itself, a poetic consciousness with a spherical view of life and love. It is related to the realisation of the greater self beyond the mundane and established laws of the society: as an expression of both the rational and the intuitive, in the concise poetic form, increasing one’s mindfulness with expanded, even unfamiliar meanings.
Anca sees her writing as an act of creation, in which the pain transcends into beauty, allowing a profound healing process to take place. She, as a poet, alchemically heals herself through this process and subsequently heals all who are touched by her writings. She considers that is the main purpose of art, to heal and elevate the minds and souls of the readers.
Sample one of her poems.
Your pastel sunsets incandescently intertwine my velvet dreams,
and my verbs know how to whisper gallantly your prepositions.
I have even learnt to have fluency in your body language,
inhaling your line breaks, structuring the sentence of our Saga…
Staccato notes and runic destines are hovering my peripherals
with cubist twilights, Venusian madness and supernova desires,
passionate crescendos weep in rhapsodic existential reverbs,
dismissing yesterday’s intangibles… welcoming today’s freedoms!
An iridescence craved by seraphim passions and aeonic embraces!
Breathing you… breathing me… in curved celestial impressions
with stellar glimpses of thirty thousand empyreal souls,
mysteries colliding with wonders in shadows of evermore!
This Love! Oh, yes… this Love! Keeps re-birthing me!
In retro films, silenced streams and harmonic breezes,
out of nothingdom my poem rises up and never ages
steadily reminding you: I was there… before I existed!…
Pix sourced by poet.
Poem translated and edited by the author.
James Cairns studied French, Latin and German in High School and specialised in French and Russian at the University of Bradford, UK. He left the UK, in 1983, to teach English at the Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages in Tunis, Tunisia. During his stay there, he became actively involved in Tunisian culture and society, and learned Tunisian Arabic and Italian. He returned to Scotland in 2000. He currently works as a freelance translator and editor.