Krzysztof Szymoniak


Here I am. Seeking love and peace.
For many years, I have been wandering dug up streets
and that which I see as the world probably is my world,
that which I feel as life – life is
though that’s nothing certain.
This I. And I know that which is light in me,
which is darkness, which seeks in me
the one clean thing, that which is of me
and that which seeks the one simple truth, one complete
silence – it is all exposure,
fire and river it is, is blood and need.
Yes. This is I, or just enough of me to see reflected
in an autumn puddle, maybe only as much as thought embraced
fear, that much of me there along with it all.
I seek love and peace. Seek words few and simple.
I know. Must move on. I do then. My death still
hiding in a sunburst blizzard.
I think of how it is, friend – we drink vodka
or as if we’d lied, rattling our bollocks like dogs
or as if we’d died. No answers.
I then lie down in the bend of the river and remain.
I am. Me, all a swamp, of piss covered corners,
dead steppes and basement loves.
I depart. Constantly depart. Calmly submerging myself
in thistles and burdocks. Seeking – that which isn’t.
Losing – that which I’ve not found.

translated by Marek Kazmierski

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Krzysztof Szymoniak – (born 1953 in Kepno) poet and literary critic, the first chief editor of “Nowy Nurt”, university lecturer, journalist and media expert. Graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznan. In 1988, he received the “Medal of Young Arts” for his literary reportage. He is currently lecturing at the Institute of Languages at UAM and journalism, press law and media studies at the Poznan Upper School of Foreign Languages. Has been published in numerous anthologies, including: „Świadectwo obecności” (1996) and „Droga do Ashramu” (1998). Currently editor at Zeszyty Poetyckie. In 2007 a member of the jury panel at Wielkopolska Press Photo.

Krzysztof Szymoniak – (ur. 1953 w Kępnie) poeta i krytyk literacki, pierwszy redaktor naczelny „Nowego Nurtu”, wykładowca akademicki, dziennikarz oraz medioznawca. Jest absolwentem Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu. W 1988 otrzymał „Medal Młodej Sztuki” za reportaż literacki. Wykłada w Instytucie Językoznawstwa UAM i poznańskiej Wyższej Szkole Języków Obcych dziennikarstwo oraz prawo prasowe i wiedzę o mediach. Został ujęty w antologiach, m. in.: „Świadectwo obecności” (1996) oraz „Droga do Ashramu” (1998). Obecnie jest redaktorem Zeszytów Poetyckich. W 2007 roku zasiadał w jury Wielkopolska Press Photo.