This week we visit Poland and its rich tradition of poetry. Poland has produced a handful of Nobel Prize-winning writers, but very few people outside of Poland itself speak the language, thus limiting their familiarity.
Translator Jarek Zawadzki has dipped into the more classical tradition of poetry from Poland for this collection. That means no Milosz or Herbert or Rozewicz or Szymborska. But you do get Witkacy, Mickiewicz, Slowacki and Wyspianski (though no Krasinski, which is odd). And you get both the English translations and the Polish originals for each poem. So all in all, it’s a pretty fine start to your journey through this literary tradition.
Omar Willey was born at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Seattle and grew up near Lucky Market on Beacon Avenue. He believes Seattle is the greatest city on Earth and came to this conclusion by travelling much of the Earth. He is a junior member of Lesser Seattle and, as an oboist, does not blow his own trumpet. Contact him at omar [at] seattlestar [dot] net