Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets

Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets

by Karen Kovacik (Editor)


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"Wow! What a book! The tradition of women's writing that flows out of the work of Symborska and Anna Swir—the way this mighty tradition turns in the hands of a younger generation from the traumatic history of their country to a poetics of everyday life, of play, and experiment. An absolutely rich and appealing book."—Robert Hass

"These cosmopolitan, multilingual poets speak to us across the decades, overcoming a great silence, redirecting the myths, reimagining the role of the poet, and the nature of poetry itself. Scattering the Dark is a useful, subversive, even necessary anthology."—Edward Hirsch

Scattering the Dark offers a lively selection of over thirty of Poland's women poets writing before and after the fall of communism.

Karen Kovacik is a translator and poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935210825
Publisher: White Pine Press
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karen Kovacik: Karen Kovacik directs the creative writing program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She’s currently editing an anthology of Polish women poets, Calling Out to Yeti.
Also a poet, she’s the author of three collections of poems.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

About the text 22

I Lifting the Veils of History

The End and the Beginning Wislawa Szymborska 28

Hitler's First Photograph Wislawa Szymborska 30

Victoria Julia Hartwig 32

Some Women from Warsaw Julia Hartwig 33

I Carried Bedpans Anna Swir 34

This Is How It Will Be Julia Hartwig 35

In Transit Julia Hartwig 36

Lara Croft Bozena Keff 37

Fragments of Maps Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo 38

Wroniecka Street Pool Agnieszka Kuciak 39

Confessions of a Courtesan Ewa Lipska 41

I remember (jottings under martial law) Krystyna Milobedzka 43

Poem of the Seven Veils Mira Kus 44

Spring, 1986 Wioletta Grzegorzewska 48

All the Radio Stations of the Soviet Union Agnieszka Mirahina 49

Freedom Ewa Lipska 51

II In the Theater of Dreams

Cuts Joanna Lech 59

Black Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo 60

In this season, at this time of day Justyna Bargielska 61

In Praise of Dreams Wislawa Szymborska 62

Travel Agency Krystyna Dabrowska 64

Under the Cover of Night Urszula Koziol 65

"I Dreamed I Collaborated…" Krystyna Lars 66

Postscript Joanna Lech 67

"Like an oxidized breath…" Marzanna Kielar 68

My Little Son Died Marzena Broda 69

The Tide Coming In Joanna Lech 71

Tide Marzanna Kielar 72

Bio Julia Fiedorczuk 74

Lands and oceans Julia Fiedorczuk 76

III Reimagining the Bard

Ballad on the Death of a Poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska 83

Soiree at the Czar's Plenipotentiary Krystyna Lars 85

The Military Governor Contemplates the Statue of Adam M. Krystyna Lars 86

A Literary Life Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska 87

What Do Men Bring? Anna Piwkowska 88

Evaluation of an Unwritten Poem Wislawa Szymborska 90

Proofreading Joanna Mueller 92

Avantourism Justyna Bargielska 94

Death becomes her Marta Podgórnik 95

Old Woman Poet Krystyna Rodowska 96

Old women poets Ewa Parma 97

IV The Ironic Art of Poetry

The Joy of Writing Wislawa Szymborska 104

The Sentence Julia Hartwig 106

Meter Agnieszka Kuciak 107

Hawthorn Agnieszka Kuciak 108

Manuscript Marzanna Kielar 110

View from My Window Mira Kus 111

Madame Intuita Izabela Morska 112

"Sure, I'll rent out to others all my dreams" Agnieszka Kuciak [Bionda] 114

Stage Fright Wislawa Szymborska 115

Questions at a Poetry Reading Ewa Lipska 117

My Translators Ewa Lipska 118

To My Poem Urszula Koziol 120

Prophecy Ewa Sonnenberg 122

Madame Snake Izabela Morska 123

Little use Marta Podgórnik 124

Again I Didn't Write Urszula Koziol 125

V A Gallery of Myths and Masks

Delay Agnieszka Kuciak 133

Philomela Agnieszka Kuciak 135

Phaedra Anna Piwkowska 136

Ismene, sister of mine Anna Piwkowska 138

My Name is Iocasta Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska 140

Soliloquy for Cassandra Wislawa Szymborska 141

Lot's Wife Wislawa Szymborska 143

Sign of the Times Ewa Sonnenberg 145

Without Revenge Krystyna Rodowska 146

Cinderella of the Cinder-Blocks Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz 147

Depths Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz 148

The Hunt Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz 149

Madame Intuita, Vampire-Killer, Grants an Interview Izabela Morska 150

Madame Midas Julia Fiedorczuk 152

VI Transitions, Transformations

I Banged My Head Against the Wall Anna Swir 159

An Overdue Letter to a Pimply Angel Krystyna Lenkowska 161

Lying on a Lawn Chair Anna Piwkowska 163

I Will Perform This Miracle for You Julia Hartwig 164

To my great-great-granddaughter Agnieszka Mirahina 165

"For some time now…" Urszula Koziol 166

Mutinous Cemetery Krystyna Rodowska 67

"strip yourself of Krystyna…" Krystyna Milobedzka 169

Chrysalis Izabela Morska 170

Perversion Agnieszka Mirahina 171

An Unexpected Meeting Wislawa Szymborska 172

Metamorphoses Izabela Morska 173

"I met myself in Bologna…" Krystyna Milobedzka 175

Where should I look from in order to see you? Krystyna Dabrowska 176

Over Wine Wislawa Szymborska 177

Blue Sweater Anna Piwkowska 179

VII The Domestic Arts

Recipe for the Meat Course Urszula Koziol 185

Translation Justyna Bargieiska 186

A Woman Writer Does Laundry Anna Swir 187

Escaping One's Chores Julia Hartwig 188

Strange Lady Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo 189

A Room of One's Own Ewa Parma 190

Dishwasher Ewa Lipska 192

Warranty Ewa Lipska 193

Tenant Katarzyna Boaih-Jagodzifiska 194

The House Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo 195

Kitchen and Myths Izabela Morska 196

Parable Agnieszka Kuciak [Mrs. K] 197

The house Krystyna Milobedzka 198

VIII Curating Objects

Drawer Julia Fiedorczuk 204

Map Wislawa Szymborska 205

Justly Julia Hartwig 207

Inventory Julia Hartwig 208

Love Poem Ewa Sonnenberg 209

Glove Joanna Wajs 210

Ginkgo Leaves Ewa Chrusciel 212

Incense Ewa Chrusciel 213

"Hand that sketches me now…" Marzanna Kielar 214

'Brooches once lived in the wild…" Krystyna Milobedzka 215

From the Land of Childhood Mira Kus 216

Under the table Joanna Wajs 217

Etch a Sketch Joanna Mueller 218

A Door Handle Ewa Lipska 219

Negative Wislawa Szymborska 221

Works Cited 223

Works Consulted 226

Notes on the Poets 232

Notes on the Translators 238

Notes on the Poems 242

Appendix: Polish Pronunciation 245

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