Tag Archives: Poland

In Defense of the Primeval Forest

“The edge of the cancer Swells against the hill-we feel a foul breeze-And it sinks back down. The deer winter here A chainsaw growls in the gorge. Ten wet days and the log trucks stop, The trees breathe. Sunday the … Continue reading

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Deeper and Deeper into the Heart of Darkness

On 10 July 1941, the most shameful chapter of my native Poland’s history was written. In a small town of Jedwabne, occupied by the Nazis, its sizeable Jewish community was brutally murdered by the Poles. For years, the perpetrators shifted … Continue reading

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Hope, Faith and Sublime Beauty in the Clamor of Suffering: “Ida”

Recently, the Polish movie Ida made a tremendous emotional impact on me. It is the sort of movie about which the less is known before seeing it the better, in order to approach it without any expectations. It is wonderfully … Continue reading

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1 September

“About Troy“ by Zbigniew Herbert Troy O Troy an archeologist will sift your ashes through his fingers yet a fire occurred greater than that of the Iliad for seven strings– too few strings one needs a chorus a sea of … Continue reading

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The Gift of Otherness

Joseph Conrad, a Polish writer who wrote in English and lived in England, summarized beautifully what I also feel to be the role of an artist:  “The changing wisdom of successive generations discards ideas, questions facts, demolishes theories. But the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Home

Krakow I am spending a few days in Krakow, Poland, where I was born and where I grew up. I am reminded of the myth of Antaeus, a Titan who renewed his strength by touching the earth. I have been … Continue reading

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