Tag Archives: Polish poetry

“One Version of Events” by Wislawa Szymborska

“If we’d been allowed to choose, we’d probably have gone on forever. The bodies that were offered didn’t fit, and wore out horribly. The ways of sating hunger made us sick. We were repelled by blind heredity and the tyranny … Continue reading

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“Desire” by Boleslaw Lesmian

“I’d like to have a hut in the wild forest density, Made of firewood and a spatial scarcity, Hanged high among old branch pinions, Over jaguar caves and snake canyons. There, on moss, swung with a mad storm, I’d like … Continue reading

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White Magic

“Standing before the mirror of silence with her hands in her hair, Barbara pours into her glass body silver droplets of her voice. And then like a jar she fills with light and glasslike filters stars through herself and the … Continue reading

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Where No Wolf Tracks Could Be Found

BALANCE By Adam Zagajewski, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh I watched the arctic landscape from above and thought of nothing, lovely nothing. I observed white canopies of clouds, vast expanses where no wolf tracks could be found. I … Continue reading

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