Simona Popescu (b. 1965) is a poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and Professor of Literature at the University of Bucharest. When once trying to answer the question of what is poetry she started working on a poem on poets and writing which ended up as a 325-page-long book of reflections on/and/as poetry titled Lucrări în verde. Pledoaria mea pentru poezie (Works in Green. My Defense of Poetry); there she wrote of poetry as a strange fish among fishes, poetry as a mode of existence, and the patient attempts one has to make to speak of such things.