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Six Polish Poets
by Jacek Dehnel (editor)
Arc Publications, London, April 2009


Featuring work by Jacek Dehnel, Agnieszka Kuciak, Anna Piwkowska, Tomasz Rozycki, Dariusz Suska, and Maciej Wozniak.
Translated by Ewa Chrusciel, Bill Johnston, Karen Kovacik, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Mira Rosenthal, George Szirtes, and Elzbieta Wojcik-Leese.

Six Polish Poets makes available to the English-language reader the poetry of the younger generation whose first collections (with one exception) have been published in the past decade. Unlike the poets of the previous generation who, in the period of new-found freedom after the fall of Communism, adopted a highly individualistic, anarchic, sometimes brutal style, the poets represented here re-examine and experiment with traditional poetic forms, themes and cultural references in poems that are refined and witty, moving and informed, ranging across every aspect of human existence. This anthology is both thought-provoking and full of warmth and humanity, and while it cannot claim to be representative of contemporary Polish poetry as a whole, it nevertheless provides an insight into today's literary scene in Poland.

“Jacek Dehnel's slim bilingual anthology collects some of the most classically lucid poetry in Polish published in the past decade.” – The Times Literary Supplement

Six Polish Poets is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read which will surely appeal to a wide audience. The volume will be welcomed not only by students of Polish literature, but also by lovers of poetry seeking a first-rate reading experience.” – Ewa Stanczyk, The Manchester Review

Jacek Dehnel is the author of seven books, including the novel Lala (2006), the short story collections The Square in Smyrna (2007) and Balzaciennes (2008), and the poetry volumes Journey Southward (2005) and Poems 1999-2004 (2006). He is a 2009 writer in residence at the Ledig House International Writers Residency in Omi, New York.

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