|“70 years after the Holocaust”
“To frame experiences ever so hard to express, you have found the only possible form:
a totally raw kind of simplicity. Because of this, you can be sure your poems
will always live on!”
Dark Flashes is the first-ever English language collection of poems by Irit Amiel,
whose work is focused on experiences of the Holocaust, both her own
and those of many others.
Irit Amiel was born in Poland in 1931 as Irena Librowicz.
Author: Irit Amiel
Translator: Marek Kazmierski
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Anna Blasiak – born in 1974 in Słupsk, Poland. Studied Art History in Warsaw, Film Studies in Kraków and Arts Policy and Management in London. Published poetry in “Więź”, “Kwartalnik Artystyczny”, “Dekada Literacka” and “Odra”. Currently a full-time translator from Polish to English (fiction, art exhibition catalogues, film subtitles etc) and from English to Polish (mostly children’s and young people’s fiction as well as non-fiction). Apart from translating, she has worked in museums and a radio station, ran magazines, wrote on art, film and theatre.
Anna Błasiak – rocznik 1974, ze Słupska. Studiowała historię sztuki na UW, filmoznawstwo na UJ i zarządzanie instytucjami kultury w Londynie. Poezję publikowała w „Więzi”, „Kwartalniku Artystycznym”, „Dekadzie Literackiej” i „Odrze”. Tłumacz literacki z polskiego na angielski (proza, katalogi wystaw muzealnych, filmy) oraz z angielskiego na polski (przede wszystkim proza dla dzieci i młodzieży). Poza tłumaczeniami pracowała w muzeach i w radiu, redagowała pisma kulturalne, pisała o sztuce, filmie i teatrze.
translated by Marek Kazmierski
Elżbieta Lipińska – born in Warsaw, but has lived for many years in Wroclaw. A lawyer. Has been writing for a long time, mainly poetry, alongside short prose. Has been published in Obrzeże, Akant, Autograf, Red, Fraza, Cegła, Wakat, Portret, Odra, Zeszyty Poetyckie and other collections. Has won numerous poetry awards, most recently im. Kazimierza Ratonia and im. Bolesława Faca (2007 r.). In January 2007 her first collection “Pożegnanie z czerwienią” was published, followed by “Maj to łagodny miesiąc” in November 2008. Winner of the XI Tyska Zima Poetycka Prize, resulting in her third volume, “Rejestry”, being published in 2011.
Elżbieta Lipińska – urodzona w Warszawie, ale od lat mieszkanka Wrocławia. Prawnik. Pisze od dawna, głównie wiersze, czasem także krótkie utwory prozą. Publikowała w Obrzeżach, Akancie, Autografie, Redzie, Frazie, Cegle, Wakacie, Portrecie, Odrze, Zeszytach Poetyckich, almanachach. Jest laureatką kilku konkursów poetyckich, ostatnio im. Kazimierza Ratonia oraz im. Bolesława Faca (2007 r.). W styczniu 2007 r. wydała tomik pod tytułem “Pożegnanie z czerwienią”, a w listopadzie 2008 r. drugi – “Maj to łagodny miesiąc”. Laureatka XI Tyskiej Zimy Poetyckiej – trzeci tomik “Rejestry” wydany w 2011, Biblioteka Tyskie Zimy Poetyckiej.
To celebrate National Poetry Day, OFF_PRESS is running a simple competition to win a copy of the latest poetry collection from Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijalkowska “of me a worm and of the worm verses”.
To win one of five copies of the book being given away, simply answer the following question:
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org – closing date 31/10/2012
The first five correct emails win a book each!
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An astounding new collection of poetry from this well-established poetess, it presents a voice howling with fire and indignation, raising hell in an already hellish post-communist Polish environement – giving voice to women, children, animals, artists, Gypsies, Jews, the elderly, the crazed, the impoverished and the wild – in fact anyone for whom poetry should speak.
Jakubowska-Fijalkowska is currently being translated into numerous other languages, the recent Czech publication of her book Něžný nůž (2011) being declared the publishing sensation of the year by critics.
The book also contains the poems in the original Polish.
Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijałkowska – born 1946 in Mikołów. Her books of poetry include: Dożywocie (1994), Pan Bóg wyjechał na Florydę (1997), Pochylenie (2002), Czuły nóż (2006), Ostateczny smak truskawek (2009), plus the collections i wtedy minie twoja gorączka (2010), Performance (2011), as well as the Czech translation Něžný nůž (2011). Her poems were published in ANTHOLOGIA #2 (OFF_PRESS, London, 2010) and in journals such as “Akcent”, “Odra”, “Fraza”, “Kwartalnik Artystyczny”, “Wyspa”, “Śląsk”, “Opcje”, “Arkusz”, “Twórczość”, “Zeszyty Literackie”, “Arkadia”, “Topos”, “Red”, “Nowa Okolica Poetów”, “Rita Baum” and “Gazeta Wyborcza”. Her poems have been translated into Czech, Slovene, German, English and Russian. Having twice been awarded the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship, she still lives and works in Mikołów.
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When I was a child my greatest wish was to have a walkie-talkie. With one press of a button I thought I’d be able to banish loneliness, fear, boredom… I can’t remember who I imagined would be at the other end receiving my messages. Now here I am contemplating the endless vistas of the Internet which I mostly feel overwhelmed by. Forever behind with replying to e-mails and notifications, it takes me hours just to upload some holiday snaps let alone compose anything profound as befits a practising poet.
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On 13 September, English PEN launched ‘Poems for Pussy Riot‘ in support of three members of the Russian punk band - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – who are currently serving a two year prison sentence. We will be posting poems dedicated to Nadezdha, Maria and Yekaterina in the weeks leading up to their appeal hearing on 1 October.
The following contribution is a piece by Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijalkowska, translated by Marek Kazmierski.
Marek writes of Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijalkowska: “a voice howling with fire and indignation, raising hell in an already hellish post-communist Polish environment – giving voice to women, children, artists, ethnic minorities, the elderly, the impoverished and the wild – in fact anyone for whom poetry should speak. Born in 1946 in Mikołów, she has published over seven collections of poetry. Her poems have been anthologised and published by all the major literary journals in Poland, and have been translated into Czech, Slovene, German, English and Russian. Having twice been awarded the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, she still lives and works in Mikołów.”
Poets for Pussy Riot
Wednesday August 29th 2012 – 7pm until late -
Free entrance at the Rich mix arts centre, main space venue, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 020 7613 7498
With the news that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian punk collective, Pussy Riot, were sentenced to two years in prison for a wholly necessary and valid political protest, contemporary poets in London will come together in a unique evening of readings, featuring original poetry and text, as well as the words of Pussy Riot themselves. This event is an act of solidarity through the medium of poetry – a celebration of the courage and spirit of fellow writers of this generation, writing for real political change in a country that needs it. Featuring readings from over 30 poets including Tim Atkins, David Berridge, Becky Cremin, Kirsty Irving, Francesca Lisette, Chris McCabe, Reza Mohammadi, Sandeep Parmar, Tom Raworth, Jack Underwood, James Wilkes and many others.
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Tim Atkins David Berridge Becky Cremin Nia Davies Amy Evans Irum Fazal myself Charlotte Geater Kirsty Irving Keith Jebb Antony John Marek Kazmierski Robert Kiely Francesca Lisette Chris McCabe
Mendoza Reza Mohammadi Sandeep Parmar Claire Potter Nat Raha Tom Raworth Will Rowe Antonia Seroff Andy Spragg Jon Stone Jack Underwood MJ Weller James Wilkes Jenny Wong Michael Zand
9 lipca w tragicznym wypadku zginął Tomasz Pułka. Informację śmierci poety potwierdził jego wydawca.
On the 9th of July, Tomasz Pułka, a young Polish poet, died in a tragic accident.
His publisher confirmed the information today. ha!art
Joanna Dziwak – (born 1986) – has had her verse published in numerous literary publications (including “Akcent”, “Czas Kultury”, “Portret”), her début collection “sturm&drang” appeared at the end of 2010. She also translates German poetry, mainly Bertolt Brecht. She is studying philosophy, lives in Krakow.
|Joanna Dziwak – (ur.1986) – publikowała wiersze w wielu pismach literackich (m.in. „Akcent”, „Czas Kultury”, „Portret”), jej debiutancka książka “sturm&drang” ukazała się pod koniec 2010 roku. Tłumaczy również poezję niemieckojęzyczną, głównie Bertolta Brechta. Studiuje filozofię, mieszka w Krakowie.|
the doctor joked: with such hearing
miss, you qualify for the army
he didn’t know I had taken psychology in 2007
when all the graduates were called up
except for me as I had forgotten
to check out of finland
I concluded: seems it’s still not enough
post regiment in headphones worth 5 zlotys
yes madame, you must accept
your slow loss of hearing
for the good of resonance
because a box like you, miss, can only rumble
you can forget fucking and families
and work is a waste for anyone
who happens to have a voice
and yet if you, miss, are afraid
of exposing yourself to ridicule
out of hunger eat a piece of shell and die alone
please apply two drops to each ear
three times a day until the barricade falls
next I would advise
a cure for the cold, punk rock, hangover and romanticism
and then just calmly
enlist in this world
autumn has come
the cat`s reaction to LSD has been checked
the animal could not stand on its own four paws
just like józek after the last bender
a village in syria was ambushed, a small siren was caught
I’m still waiting for the planet`s trepanation
the cat trembled like majka to whom we read
st. john’s apocalypse at bedtime
tabby saw the approaching horsemen with needles and squinted his eyes
in grotniki I found a portal leading to kołobrzeg
we entered the schengen zone
the terrible meowing resembled maciek
who sang our own country & western out of tune
and so a crowbar up your ass, a chocolate tomb and overwhelming solitude
all of these were bad trips but what could a cat expect
being filmed by some asshole straight-A chemistry student?
józek got to his feet
majka calmed down after a month
maciek got what was coming, and I woke in the eu
this cat will never rise again, all stripped of his catness
and his vision of doom will not return to the book
here comes the winter, a war with iran and other wild parties
all for the people so leave cats the fuck alone
surprising myself, I applaud the use of torture
against tabby’s butchers, each of us
keeps in a closet a private guantanamo
I’m not sure I can stand you saying
you don’t like reading
I may have to stop you playing disco
dress you all in black
and you won’t be yourself
you know Tola
that’s what you’ll be called
me, I’m always army boots and death disco
fuck the system – the only reasonable option
I would like you to be wise and beautiful
when I was your age I was neither
wise nor beautiful
it must be a wonderful feeling
but you put in so little effort
if you are ever born
know that it runs in our family
you must love yourself
to spite me
to se ne vrati
they say it won’t come in useful and are right
meal is better than metaphors, a poem
like a piece of cake
any man who can be seduced with poetry
is a pitiful thing
not that he should start waving guns about
real balls are something those chinese students had
when they stuck flowers into the barrels of tanks
is acceptable only when
it brings real fruits, anyone who’s tried
tossing words into a blender knows
no juice will come out
they say poems are only good for wiping your ass
which is nice
knowing they have some use at least
though of course it’s nothing compared
to the oracle who in hexameter
declared the fates of the world
poets have never had it easy
he who attempts to explain himself in rhyme
will be locked up for certain
though it was not always so
when the sycylians conquered the athenian army
they only let go of those captives
who knew eurypides off by heart
killing the rest
it seems once upon a time it was possible
to live on poetry
I know you can raise your hand to strike
either me or a guitar string
to draw the most tender sound and what is the difference
between hitting a woman and smashing a guitar?
I don’t know which one of us is better
either for loving
or for receiving treatment
I once convinced you to see a psychiatrist
he told you to leave me
poems translated by Zuzanna Ogorzewska and Marek Kazmierski
Zuzanna Ogorzewska (1983), a psychologist by profession, a layabout by nature. Poet and author of the volume “Pomidor i inne techniki przetrwania”. Winner of several literary competitions, tournaments and poetry slams. Her work has been published in “Opcje”, “Tygiel Kultury” and various on-line portals (including wakatonline.pl, odra.pl, cycgada.pl).
Zuzanna Ogorzewska (1983), z wykształcenia psycholog, z zamiłowania leń. Poetka, autorka tomiku “Pomidor i inne techniki przetrwania”. Laureatka kilku konkursów, turniejów i slamów poetyckich. Wiersze publikowała w “Opcjach”, “Tyglu Kultury” oraz na różnych portalach internetowych (m.in. wakatonline.pl, odra.pl, cycgada.pl).