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Tadeusz Rozewicz: They Came to See a Poet Selected Poems by Tadeusz Rozewicz

Tadeusz Rozewicz: They Came to See a Poet Selected Poems


Tadeusz Rozewicz: They Came to See a Poet Selected Poems by Tadeusz Rozewicz

Tadeusz Rozewicz is Poland's most popular and influential poet. He belongs to the generation whose lives were indelibly marked by Poland's traumatic war-time experience. Rejecting traditional aesthetic values, Rozewicz created a stark, direct poetry rooted in common speech. This title contains extra poems and an additional preface by Adam Czerniawski.


The austere sparseness of Rozewicz's finest work, admirably rendered by Adam Czerniawski, speaks with compelling authenticity Dick Davis, The Listener

...captures the sharp uncompromising quality of the originals Dana Gioia, Ontario Review

Czerniawski's versions of Rozewicz have a quartz-like integrity and transparency Tom Paulin, London Review of Books

About the Author

Tadeusz Rozewicz was born in 1921 in Radomsko, a town in central Poland. He fought in the Resistance against the Nazis, and after the war studied art history at Krakow University. He has published numerous collections of poetry, and his experimental and often controversial plays have been widely performed. He lives in Wroclaw, but has travelled widely in Europe and America. Adam Czerniawski, born in Warsaw in 1934, has translated widely from Polish (including Selected Poems by Cyprian Norwid, also from Anvil) as well as publishing original poetry, short stories, criticism and a memoir in his first language. He lives in Wales.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th August 2011


Tadeusz Rozewicz

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Anvil Press Poetry an imprint of Carcanet Press Ltd


288 pages


Poetry by individual poets



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