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Poetry readings: Try to Praise a Mutilated World
Adam Zagajewski Poet
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I wreszcie wiersz, o którym była mowa – Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat. Wiersz napisany chyba w roku 2000.

 

Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat.

Pamiętaj o długich dniach czerwca

i o poziomkach, kroplach wina rosé.

O pokrzywach, które metodycznie zarastały

opuszczone domostwa wygnanych.

Musisz opiewać okaleczony świat.

Patrzyłeś na eleganckie jachty i okręty;

jeden z nich miał przed sobą długą podróż,

na inny czekała tylko słona nicość.

Widziałeś uchodźców, którzy szli donikąd,

słyszałeś oprawców, którzy radośnie śpiewali.

Powinieneś opiewać okaleczony świat.

Pamiętaj o chwilach, kiedy byliście razem

w białym pokoju i firanka poruszyła się.

Wróć myślą do koncertu, kiedy wybuchła muzyka.

Jesienią zbierałeś żołędzie w parku

a liście wirowały nad bliznami ziemi.

Opiewaj okaleczony świat

i szare piórko, zgubione przez drozda,

i delikatne światło, które błądzi i znika

i powraca.

And finally, the poem that was already mentioned – Try to Praise a Mutilated World. The poem was most likely written in 2000.

Try to Praise a Mutilated World

Translation of this poem not available.

Adam Zagajewski (b. 1945 in Lwów) is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award and the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. He is considered as one of the leading poets of the Generation of '68 or the Polish New Wave (Polish: Nowa fala) and is one of Poland's most prominent contemporary poets.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: Try to Praise a Mutilated World

Duration: 1 minute, 46 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2018

Date story went live: 25 April 2019