Michał Zabłocki

photo by Tomasz Stokowski

Michał Zabłocki

The Funeral of Szymborska

Read by Wojciech Barczyński, recorded by Radiofonia Association.
English translation: Kornelia Wicherek

Calm down. It is the end of the world
Just for one person, truth be told,
But Antichrist has come before it,
Plague, famine and the common cold

Well, considering the things going on
Such ends shouldn’t surprise me and you
Trams run along their twisted rails
People go around somehow crooked too

In a way – jealous, but full of hope as well
I wait to see what next day will bring
I trace bright flashes in the faded sky
And visit graveyards, a habitual thing

But always most spectacular show
Is when a star goes out, then commotion peaks
They open the fun fair again
The old merry-go-round creeks

English translation: Kornelia Wicherek

Michał Zabłocki

(born in 1964) poet, script writer, song writer, theatre director.
He studied Polish philology in Warsaw and directing in Łódź. Since late 1980s, he has cooperated with the Piwnica pod Baranami – famous literary cabaret in Krakow. He wrote texts of songs performed by many Polish vocalists including Grzegorz Turnau (e.g. the awarded song Cichosza) and Czesław Mozil. He has published eight volumes of poems, he also regularly publishes poetry on his blog.
Zabłocki is the author of the project consisting in screening poems on the elevation of a tenement house in Bracka Street in Krakow. Since 2010, he has been running a web portal, in the frames of which writers and readers from all over the world can work together on creating poems. He is a member of the Phonographic Academy of the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry ZPAV, choosing the winners of the FRYDERYK Award, and the president of the Krakow Branch of the Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich (Polish Writers’ Association).
In his youth, he trained fencing, in which sport he was very successful on the national and international level. He is son to a Polish actress, Alina Janowska, and an architect and fencer, Wojciech Zabłocki, whereas his godmother was a famous Polish poet and song writer, Agnieszka Osiecka. (mj)
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