Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijałkowska


what is it you do that they gnaw their own veins
cut wrists with fingernails in toilets too shallowly to kill

(though some wish they could)

smearing shoe polish on their hands faces crotches
letting it all go to hell and burn no good to anyone now

prison games last
(outside of greenery outside of the poet sipping his beer)

they who did are doing will do time
(who will not do powerless under public or legal powers)

fuck them let them write poetry
(reformed blondes can too)

staring up at the cell ceiling cutting their bellies going nuts
submerge the self fire up the heart

kipping while you read out your poems once again

your woman knows nothing about you

they all

pdf EN/PL translated by Marek Kazmierski


“You have endless ways you can commit suicide without ‘dying’ dying.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

* * *


the day

the headaches
the runs

toilet paper

washing up liquid

as blood

when you are already asleep

with the kitchen knife

I continue
peeling away the night

like a potato

some enchanted fruit

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Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijałkowska born 1946 in Mikolowo. Author of five volumes of poetry. Press debut in 1972 in “Odra”. Between 1970-80 she published her work in leading literary Polish periodicals. 1994 saw the publication of her first volume of poetry LIFE SENTENCE. 1994-2006 sees publications in, among others, “Akcent”, “Fraza”, “Magazyn Kulturalny”, “Arkusz”, “Opcje”, “Arkadie”, “Topos”, “Śląsk”, “Twórczość”, “Kwartalnik Artystyczny”, “Zeszyty Literackie” and on-line. Radio Katowice has adapted her poems for a series of radio plays. In 2006 receives the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grant. Still residing in Mikolowo.

Genowefa Jakubowska-Fijałkowska Ur. 1946 r. w Mikołowie. Autorka pięciu tomików wierszy. Debiut prasowy w 1972 r. w “Odrze”. W latach 1970-1980 publikowała wiersze i opowiadania, między innymi w “Tygodniku Kulturalnym”, “Życiu Literackim”, “Faktach”, “Regionach”. W roku 1994 debiut książkowy , tomik wierszy DOŻYWOCIE. W latach 1994-2006 publikuje wiersze między innymi w “Akcencie”, “Frazie”, “Magazynie Kulturalnym”, “Arkuszu”, “Opcjach”, “Arkadii”, “Toposie”, “Śląsku”, “Twórczości”, “Kwartalniku Artystycznym”, “Zeszytach Literackich” i na www. Na podstawie wierszy zrealizowano w Radio Katowice pięć słuchowisk poetyckich. Stypendystka Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego w 2006 r. Mieszka w Mikołowie.