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Mariana Dan was born in Bucharest but has lived in Belgrade, Serbia, for almost thirty years. She was educated at the University of Bucharest and received her doctorate from the University of Belgrade, where she now heads the Romanian department. A participant in the important Balkan neo-avantgardist movement of the 1970s and 1980s in Serbia, Klokotrism, Dan's interests range from Romanian literature to the Romanian minority in Serbia and to Mircea Eliade. She is an important link between the Serbian and Romanian literatures. Her most recent book of poetry, The Angels at the Bus Stop, has won major critical recognition. The poems included here are from this 2006 collection.