Buried Gods Metal Prophets

Book design and illustration for Buried Gods Metal Prophets by Maria Stadnicka, published by Guillemot Press.

Maria Stadnicka’s latest poetry collection Buried Gods Metal Prophets is inspired by the experiences of her brothers, who lived in a Romanian children’s home between 1978-1987. This was the period of Romania’s Communist Party’s disastrous ‘Decree 770’, which banned contraception and abortion, at the same time as awarding women with more than five children an ‘Order of the Heroine Mother’. As a result, an estimated twelve million illegal abortions took place between 1967 and 1989 and over 250,000 children were placed in orphanages or care homes.