Monday, August 1, 2022







NILAVRONILL: Why do literature and poetry in particular interest you so much? Please give us some idea about your own perception of literature or poetry in general.


CORINA JUNGHIATU: My adventure in the realm of letters began at the age of 11, since then it has become a way of existing because I continued to write daily. Poetry and literature, in general, are forms of art of manifestation. Writing lets us get out our feelings and thoughts on a subject, while reading encourages us to connect and find meaning in our experiences. For me poetry is a flight, it is a state of grace, it is heavenly candour, and it is the way to translate the system of personal equations.


NILAVRONILL: How do you relate your own self existence with your literary life in one hand, and the time around you, in the other.


CORINA JUNGHIATU: I dedicate extremely much free time to my passion for literature. When I write I have the feeling that I am entering in a mysterious world from where I can access knowledge more deeply and it seems that all the senses take on a new dimension.


NILAVRONILL: Do you believe creative souls flourish more in turmoil than in peace?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: I believe it depends on each artist and we can't generalize, but I can tell you for sure how I function. I am a rebellious spirit, a revolutionary spirit. I live absolutely only in pain and love. So, I am creative in turmoil than in peace.


NILAVRONILL: Do you think in this age of information and technology the dimensions of literature have been largely extended beyond our preconceived ideas about literature in general?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Yes, definitely! Both in literature and all other aspects of life. Technology is an immediate epochal shift from traditional to a huge revolution in human civilization. I don't think influences are all beneficial, but for the most part, they are.


NILAVRONILL: Now, in this changing scenario we would like to know from your own life experiences as a poet, writer and a creative soul: How do you respond to this present time?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: The present seems quite uncertain to me, my country Romania borders Ukraine, which today, is a theatre of war on the world map. In this context, I try to stay positive and look hard for the paths that lead to peaks where my soul bathed in the splendour of light to find resources to hope and try to use the pen to alleviate the tragic turmoil of the world, nothing clings to our spirit more than the positive word of encouragement.


NILAVRONILL: Do you believe that all writers are by and large the product of their nationality? And is this an incentive for or an obstacle against becoming a truly international writer?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: I think that this creative energy is not a product acquired according to nationality, to be a good writer you need to have native inclinations, and artistic genius is acquired at birth. It is a gift. Of course, it can be modelled, and chiselled by multiple factors, but they are not of major importance. A good writer must be a fine observer of the world on all levels, physical and metaphysical. For a talented writer, there are no obstacles to becoming a truly international writer!


NILAVRONILL: Now, if we try to understand the tradition and modernism, do you think literature can play a pivotal role in it?  If so, how? Again, how can an individual writer relate himself or herself to the tradition and to modernism?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Well, behind the scenes of today, two systems are colliding, traditionalism and modernism (which is currently manifested as postmodernism). If traditionalism tends toward the ideal of creation, of exalting values, of aspiring to absolute truth, to the spiritual aspect of life, modernism (materialism, capitalism, liberalism, atheism, and democracy) focused to mainly on material well-being, almost completely ignoring the spiritual aspect of life. The topic is very extensive and I could write a whole essay about this topic. I'll just say I'm a traditionalist writer trying to adapt to modernism, trying to keep that harmonious balance between the two. I think the choice depends on each of us some want spirit, others material.


NILAVRONILL: Do you think literary criticism has much to do with the development of a poet and the true understanding of his or her poetry?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: I believe that critical studies have an essential role in forming a point of view on a literary text. Criticism is an incentive for both the reader and the writer.


NILAVRONILL: Do you think society as a whole is the key factor in shaping you up as a poet, or your poetry altogether?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Society means people and we write for humans. Humanity is certainly a key factor in shaping me as a poet. I paint words and I try to extract meanings and ideas for people. A long time ago I vehemently dreamed of changing the world, I still hope to make a small contribution. My readers are very important and they are the barometer of my soul and my pen.


NILAVRONILL: Do you think people in general actually bother about literature?  Do you think this consumerist world is turning the average man away from serious literature?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Not really! People don't care too much. There are quite a few readers left. People consume television, they consume tabloids and plentiful social media. Literature does not at the top of the preferences.


NILAVRONILL: We would like to know the factors and the peoples who have influenced you immensely in the growing phase of your literary life.


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Now I'm careful not to be influenced. But there are many masters I admire. In the beginning, I read a lot of philosophy and studied, among other things, psychology. I was influenced by my parents and teachers and then by my readers, they gave me confidence.


NILAVRONILL: How would you evaluate your contemporaries and what are your aspirations for or expectation from the younger generation?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: I am not in a position to give guidance or evaluate, but I notice that the young generation of writers is quite close to the truth. There is a plethora of young talents endowed with skills, erudition, enthusiasm, patience, perseverance, generosity, confidence, and critical and self-critical spirit, essential qualities for a successful writer, of course, everything is also valid for contemporaries. For a writer it is essential, to be honest with yourself and to accept your limits.


NILAVRONILL: Humanity has suffered immensely in the past, and is still suffering around the world. We all know it well. But are you hopeful about our future?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Although the future is bleak, let's not forget that in Pandora's box the last remaining was hope. The future depends very much on how humanity will choose to use this tool called technology. We can utilize new technologies to eradicate poverty, travel faster or create armies, and build walls of power between nations.


NILAVRONILL: What role can literature in general play to bring a better day for every human being?


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Literature in addition to cultivating vocabulary helps to educate the aesthetic sense, generates knowledge, and schooling, and also has a formative role. Literature should also lead to the understanding and debate of ideas, to familiarization with the evolution of thought and the values of humanity. Books shape attitudes and behaviours. Literature is an art and like any art was born from the need of the human soul to express their emotions. Literature helps people to understand the deep meanings of reality through artistic images succeeding in sensitizing and convincing. In many ways, literature plays a pivotal role in the daily life of human beings.


CORINA JUNGHIATU: Corina Junghiatu is born in Romania. She has been writing poetry since she was 11 years old. Corina has written and published two books of poetry: „Exile in the light” and „The ritual of a Sunrise” and the third book is under way „Spiritual Hues”. She is writer, literary critic, book reviewer, editor, public speaker, co-organizer and moderator of international poetry festivals, literary and cultural events and also coordinator of anthologies. Her writing has appeared in nationally and internationally forums such as: journals, anthologies, magazine, newspapers and won several poetry awards from prestigious organisations, published in Italy, Belgium, U.S.A, Mexic, South Africa, India, Tunisia, Morocco, Serbia, Montenegro, Egypt, Syria and Romania. She studied English and Italian Literature in University Bucharest.  Corina is unique and versatile in his own style and diction. She loves nature, humanity, spiritualism, reading, travelling and she has interest in Art, Painting, Philosophy, Theology, Psychology but Poetry is the essence of her existence.