Pic. Krzysztof Dubiel for Book Institute
Facial bones directed towards corners.
Here lies the kingdom of this world.
The trees’ tumescence expands, invades the camp
Behind which the sun fades out, the chaff and
Everything else can see us.
Monk’s garb in the light rustles
Against the wind, when the voice breaks down
Over the plateau we are thinking about,
Without ourselves, as if something took place,
Had its time and could exist
In our shape.
Nothing exists in our shape.
This is what the garb is silent on, the plateau meditates on,
The time sees. Standing still the tumescence
Moves, the bones fall down the steps
© Translated by Adam Zdrodowski
Born 1977. Poet, literary reviewer, occasionally an actor. Winner of the Czas Kultury (1995) award for best debut of the year, the Fundacja Kultury (1999) award, nominated for the Silesius (2011, 2015) award, winner of the Kościelski Award (2014). His poems have been published in all the important literary magazines in the country, as well as abroad (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Canada, France, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria). He starred in the title role in the film Wojaczek (1999), directed by Lech Majewski, for which he was nominated for the European Film Award (Paris, 2000). Member of the Polish Writers’ Association and the Pen Club. Works with Polityka and Tygodnik Powszechny magazines. He was the co-host of the television programme about books Czytelnia [The Reading Room] and Czytanie to Awantura [Reading Is a Ruckus] on TVP KULTURA. He works in the Mikołowski Institute, where he is the editor of a poetry series, as well as the literary magazine Arkadia. He was the editor of the poetry department in the magazine Litera. He lives in Gliwice. A regular guest of the Miłosz Festival in Krakow.