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“The startling juxtaposition of sensual and brutal histories, of human and animal flesh, of the experience of war and of writing is Rózewicz’s great achievement throughout twenty volumes of poetry.”—Guardian

From the earliest days of his poetic career, Tadeusz Rózewicz found a unique, pared-down style that consciously avoided metaphor and sought a new, painfully clear voice in which to express the horrors of wartime experiences. His work was immediately recognized as new and ...

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Overview

“The startling juxtaposition of sensual and brutal histories, of human and animal flesh, of the experience of war and of writing is Rózewicz’s great achievement throughout twenty volumes of poetry.”—Guardian

From the earliest days of his poetic career, Tadeusz Rózewicz found a unique, pared-down style that consciously avoided metaphor and sought a new, painfully clear voice in which to express the horrors of wartime experiences. His work was immediately recognized as new and vital in Polish poetry, and he came to be regarded as one of the most important writers of his generation. New Poems is a collection of Rózewicz’s three latest volumes in their entirety: exit (1998), the professor’s knife (2001), and gray zone (2002).

Finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

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Rózewicz is a poet of chaos with a nostalgia for order. Around him and in himself he sees only broken fragments, a senseless rush. —Czeslaw Milosz

I am building a bridge to link the past with the future, " Tadeusz Rózewicz writes, and that's precisely what he does in these stark, forthright, and talkative new poems, which Bill Johnston has brought into English with great keenness, clarity and intelligence. Rózewicz is an essential Polish poet, and this book stakes his brave claim. —Edward Hirsch

His poems are extraordinary in their ordinariness. —Jan Miodek, Gazeta Wyborcza Wroclaw

Another chapter in Rózewicz's great poetic reckoning with the age in which it fell to him to live—a reckoning with his own biography, with poetry, with art, and with the mystery of human existence. —Tygodnik Powszechny, on gray zone

The startling juxtaposition of sensual and brutal histories, of human and animal flesh, of the experience of war and of writing is Rózewicz's great achievement... —The Guardian

I cannot imagine what post-war Polish poetry would have looked like without the poems of Tadeusz Rózewicz. We all owe something to him, though not all of us are able to admit it. —Wislawa Szymborska

New Poems gives us reason to celebrate, not only because a poet whose mastery is indisputable has authored it, but because it may very well deepen our understanding of what Polish poetry is and what it’s been up to lately. —Piotr Florczyk

This book is filled with humor, irony, and language play; it inspires laughter and hope... Rózewicz seeks to shock with his juxtapositions, to demonstrate how much depends on one's perspective; he seeks to de-automatize thought… A superb reflection of reality. —Izabela Mikrut, on exit

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Polish poetry isn't just Zbigniew Herbert and Wislawa Szymborska, as evidenced by this compendium of three recent volumes by Rozewicz. Concise yet fluid-the poems simply cascade down the page-and utterly contemporary in tone even while embracing the dark history of the 20th century, this book is a real find for poetry lovers.


—Barbara Hoffert
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977857630
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 1,414,596
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Born in 1921, Rozewicz started writing poetry during his time fighting in the Home Army, the Polish resistnace movement in the World War II. He soon came to be recognized as one of the most important Polish writers of his generation. Rozewicz continues to write and publish, and his work has been translated into many languages. Johnston is Director of the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University. His translations include Gustaw Herling's The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories (New Directions, 2003), Jerzy Pilch's His Current Woman (Grove, 2002), and Stefan Zeromski's The Faithful River (Northwestern, 1999). In 2005, he won an ASTEEL translation prize for Tulli's Dreams and Stones.
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