Grzegorz Kwiatkowski



BEEN BORN



they wanted to get away from paying taxes
the dreadful chore of applying for passports and ID cards
and scraping ice off frozen windscreens


and they did get away from it all


yet they missed something:
in the end, they met no others
and missed what, to such as them, was important


one once referred in a rude and sardonic way about the joy a woman felt when
withdrawing a glistening lightly crisp two hundred zloty note from a cashpoint


they should never have been born
they should never have been born




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S P E C I A L


we spent all day traipsing round town
biting our lips
towers of smoke rising over the gas works
and sleet falling


I could have cut your head off any time I liked
and tossed it into the frozen river


and I then did cut your head off
and tossed it into the frozen river


I had no idea you were so special to the world
I had no idea you were so special to me:


I now stand on the bridge beneath your monument
and sell to tourists what little hair
I was able to prize from your clothes and your combs




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Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, born 1984 in Gdansk – poet, musician. Published his first collection of poems “The Crossing” in 2008, then “Eine Kleine Todesmusik”in 2009. Once upon a time, a street musician in Liverpool. Currently, a member of the group TrupaTrupa. Shortlisted for the prestigious Politika Passports (2009). Winner of the Young Artist of the Year in Gdansk (2009). Beneficiary of the Grazella Foundation scholarship (2009). Winner of numerous national poetry competitions (incl. Władysława Broniewskiego, Witolda Gombrowicza, Złoty Środek Poezji). Twice nominated by Gazeta Wyborcza for the  Storm Of the Year prize (2008, 2009). Published in, among others, Tygodnik Powszechny, Gazeta Wyborcza, Dziennik, Topos i Odra.

Grzegorz Kwiatkowski (ur. 1984. w Gdańsku) – poeta, muzyk. Wydał tom wierszy “Przeprawa” (2008) oraz “Eine Kleine Todesmusik” (2009). W przeszłości muzyk na ulicach Liverpoolu. Obecnie członek zespołu TrupaTrupa. Zgłoszony do Paszportów Polityki (2009). Laureat Nagrody Miasta Gdańska dla Młodych Twórców (2009). Stypendysta Fundacji Grazella (2009). Laureat ogólnopolskich nagród poetyckich (m.in. Władysława Broniewskiego, Witolda Gombrowicza, Złoty Środek Poezji). Dwukrotnie nominowany przez Gazetę Wyborczą do nagrody Sztorm Roku (2008, 2009). Publikował m.in. w Tygodniku Powszechnym, Gazecie Wyborczej, Dzienniku, Toposie i Odrze.