Adam Czerniawski writes distinctive, challenging, and engaging poems, and since the late seventies has established himself as a significant presence in Polish poetry. Influenced by the remarkable international and multicultural experiences of his childhood, recounted in his memoir, "Scenes from a Disturbed Childhood," Czerniawski poems show a profound concern with language, consciousness, experience, identity, and culture.
In poem after poem Czerniawski debates, enacts or meditates obliquely on puzzles and questions of perception, memory, and representation, offering his readers the pleasures of watching a highly conscious and cultured Anglo-Polish-indeed, European-mind at work and play.
A compact disc featuring readings of a selection of the poems in Polish and in English accompany this book.
Adam Czerniawski was born in 1934 in Warsaw and left Poland in 1941. From 1941 to 1947 he lived in the Middle East. In 1947 he began his studies at the universities of London, Sussex, and Oxfo
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Majestic, universal, and supremely cultured, Czerniawski's lyrical poems remain wonderfully accessible in Higgins' new English translations. As Czerniawski says, "This book is not a text-book on astro-physics, neuroscience, German metaphysics, Fermat's last theorem or nuclear biology. It is a collection of poems, a work of literature. It ought to appeal to people who appreciate poetry and will be ignored by people who have no time for it. That's all that can usefully be said on this topic."Review:
This is a book about how seemingly insignificant moments may be the ones that turn out to matter most. It's about disappearances and exile, love and loss, mystery and poetry. It's a book to live with - not just read. -- Helena Nelson Ambit There is a note of sadness in Czerniawski; his tone is at times nostalgic, even, funereal of, for instance, 'annihilated childhood' - a childhood buried in a diasporic past. There is, in his later works, an untitled poem, almost an epigram: 'he arranged his life, but not his death', reminiscent of fraszka, a form preferred by Kochanowski, another Polish poet, a seventeenth century master. 'Fraszka' (from Italian frasca: a joke, an anecdote) is a humorous form, composed, speaking melodically, in key-major. I detect in Czerniawski's piece that sense: a wry humour over a life lived well and an unavoidable passing. But 'not everything ends', the poet says in teh book's epigraph: poetry withstands time, it is eternal, and thus is the poet. This book spans the poet's entire life - the formative and the most recent years, and it celebrates just that. -- Piotr Wesolowski Edinburgh Review The last poem in the collection, "For the Muses Return', serves as Czerniawski's summa poetica in the way it combines his characteristic attitudes of self-assertion and self-effacement. The poem recalls a visitation by the Muses, nothing remains from the original experience, only some words the poet jotted down in his journal and now can read 'with difficulty' ... The Muses' inspiration is a blessing an a beginning. A moment of poetic madness offers (as we learn in Plato's Phaedrus) a transcending experience for both poet and for the future generations of his readers. It is a fit conclusion to Czerniawski's remarkable volume. -- Piotr Gwiazda PN Review
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Book Description -Penguin Books -, 1976. Modern European Poets series. First edition. Translated by Adam Czerniawski. Edges somewhat tanned as usual. Very good indeed. Bookseller Inventory # 25953
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