Wislawa Szymborska and new Stockholm Disasters

        “I don’t believe that poetry can change the world. Those who create real evil do not read poems.”   Wislawa Szymborska     A few days ago, one of our poets Irit Amiel posted the above photo quote on her Facebook wall.   I reposted the picture, and it garnered a good […]

ICEBREAKER FIREBIRD / GINCZANKA AT 99 to 100

  This time last year, I was living in London, looking for a new home, a new source of energy, a new direction for OFF_PRESS.   Started in 2010 as a publishing experiment, it evolved into something which was something OTHER than a publishing house. Five years on from its founding, just before moving to […]

OFF_PRESS 2015 / Much ado about much?

  … or the start of something big?           The image above represents our past.   5 years of activity. 15+ books. Several festivals, films and competitions. Our own London-based arts centre. This year, we have worked in collaboration with several charities, in UK and Poland, to produce books of prison […]

Death of a Bookman / Poland needs another history lesson…

  …like it needs another hole in the head           Well, it’s another election gone in another European country which is going through all sorts of social, economic, ecological and other upheavals.   And again, while the south of Europe and the US and Canada and numerous smaller states around the […]

Kamil Brewinski / Open Anthology / Nine of Twelve

      Gas stove canso     move your finger away from water where the rose flows or open a window before you forget about your hands don’t dare look in the hot eye where the rose blossomed before it thickened in ash lighter than air move your eye away from the water where […]

Kamil Brewinski / Open Anthology / Three of Twelve

      Dolling up     today I am blue that’s how you can imagine me with sea with sky or with water you can call the law and report the doubts we’ve been trying so long to say something about ourselves – the idea ends here and poetry starts a verse of silence […]

Martyna Tomczyk / Open Anthology / Six of Twelve

      let’s not talk too loud about it     smoke from yesterday’s cigarettes spills across my horizon ash rubbed in a dirty rag starts to fade and I’ll spend eternity here I think before I have the courage (courage is this tiny animal people write whole dissertations about)   I am unable […]

Welcome to Open Anthology, by Seweryn Gorczak

      I am a young poet born and raised in city of Warsaw, with the humble ambition to show a much greater audience the microcosm of literature written by people like me – poets molded by XXI century experience, maturing in a time of unprecedent technological progress, accompanied by the epidemic of unprecedented loneliness, in […]

Death of a Bookman # 20 / Mucha, Peszek, Poland by Jan Hartman

    [NOTE: Recently, a number of Polish artists have been questioning the ideas of national identity through their art. The singer Czeslaw Mozil released a song titled “I hate you, Poland”, followed by a YouTube experiment “The Book of Migrants”. However, these “unpatriotic” statements have met with intense and often violent attacks from the […]

Death of a Bookman # 19 / A tale of two Polands

    Death of a Bookman – a series of essays/rants/exposes from a writer/translator/publisher who wants to burn bridges, dig up corpses and dissect done deals, all in the name of books for the 21st century.        Having recently overseen the translation of Wioletta Greg’s book for Arc Publications (pressing poetry in translation ten […]

Death of a Bookman # 18 / OFF_2.0…

    Death of a Bookman – a series of essays/rants/exposes from a writer/translator/publisher who wants to burn bridges, dig up corpses and dissect done deals, all in the name of books for the 21st century.      After three years of publishing handmade poetry in translation, time for something completely different. Something with some here-and-now […]