Gheorghe Grigurcu
(b. 16 April 1936, Soroca) is a contemporary Romanian poet, literary critic and essayist. He is currently one of the most active and longest-standing literary critics, publishing regularly in România literară, Convorbiri literare, Familia, Viața Românească and other magazines. An "uncomfortable" critic as early as the 1960's, he was also a fierce polemist after 1990, when he tried to promote ethic principles in revisions of literary history; the peak of controversy was reached by the 1999 book Amurgul idolilor, when he was criticised for attempting to "demolish" the importance of Nichita Stănescu and other neomodernist poets from his generation. As a reaction, he published in 2000 Poezie română contemporană (Contemporary Romanian Poetry), a selection of reviews on books by poets such as Mihai Ursachi, Florin Mugur, Miron Kiropol, George Almosnino or Gellu Naum, but reviews on Nichita Stănescu, Marin Sorescu and a few others were not included. Grigurcu is also known for his poetry; he was described by some as a poet whose importance was overshadowed by the importance of his criticism.[1]Associated with the last wave of the 1960's generation and with objectualism, Grigurcu is present in a few anthologies such as Marin Mincu's Poezia română actuală (Romanian Poetry Now) or Constantin Abăluță's Poezia română după proletcultism (Romanian Poetry After Proletkultism).