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Zawacki, Andrew 2003


If it be warfare, let it be mistress
and midnight up that slope,
not reticent in a weather
of withdrawal, its salmon-roe tint,
the shabby grass it grazes

– Andrew Zawacki, “Any Other Eviction, Than The Frequent”

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Read this interview with Andrew Zawacki from Cordite Poetry Review:

Michael Farrell Interviews Andrew Zawacki

0. Do you think Australian poets are a depressed lot? In April this year, Michael Farrell and US poet Andrew Zawacki travelled to the Queenscliffe Festival of Words, catching a dose of cabin fever on the way – //4. What books did you bring with you this weekend?

Begins in interruption:
an ambulance bell at the center
of sleep, the room tilts
sideways, furniture slides,
an octet of amber blue
verres à liqueur, one with a cut

– Andrew Zawacki, “[Begins in interruption…]”

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Watch Andrew Zawacki read his work at the University of Richmond Writers’ Series:

Writers’ Series: Andrew Zawacki

American poet Andrew Zawacki reads from his third book, “Petals of Zero Petals of One. Zawacki’s work as a poet, editor and critic has been translated and published around the world. His first book, “By Reason of Breakings,” won the 2001 University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series, and work from his second collection, “Anabranch,” received the 2002 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

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Zagajewski, Adam 1998

Friday, April 17, 1998


You who see our homes at night
and the frail walls of our conscience,
you who hear our conversations
droning on like sewing machines
–save me, tear me from sleep,
from amnesia.

– Adam Zagajewski, “Tierra del Fuego”

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Read an interview with Adam Zagajewski from Poets&Writers:

An Interview With Poet Adam Zagajewski

Born in Lvov in 1945, Adam Zagajewski is one of the most well-known and highly regarded contemporary Polish poets. His luminous, searching poems are imbued by a deep engagement with history, art, and life. His books include Tremor: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985), Canvas (FSG, 1991), Mysticism for Beginners (FSG, 1997), and Without End: New and Selected Poems (FSG, 2002).

Autumn is always too early.
The peonies are still blooming, bees
are still working out ideal states,
and the cold bayonets of autumn
suddenly glint in the fields and the wind

– Adam Zagajewski, “Autumn”

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Watch Adam Zagajewski read some of his poetry:

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