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Anna Adamowicz, Poland

The Poems

animalia

all fish to cogs in the machine
all humans to bellies of the seas

all amphibians to sleds
all humans to mud ponds

all reptiles to crevices of rails
all humans to vipers’ nests

all birds to lattices of wheels
all humans to cloudy ground

all mammals to clippings of walls
all humans to torn turf

all animals whoosh to the mast
all humans wham underneath

(translated by Lynn Suh)

 

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animalia

wszystkie ryby w tryby miast
wszyscy ludzie w brzuchy mórz

wszystkie płazy w płozy sań
wszyscy ludzie w stawów muł

wszystkie gady w szpary szyn
wszyscy ludzie w gniazda żmij

wszystkie ptaki w kraty kół
wszyscy ludzie w chmurny grunt

wszystkie ssaki w ścinki ścian
wszyscy ludzie w zdartą darń

każde zwierzę hyc na maszt
każdy człowiek łup pod spód

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I’m walking behind because the sidewalk is too narrow

I wish aliens would come for me,
and the only armed revolution I long for
is armageddon, wiping everyone off the board

(translated by Lynn Suh)

 

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idę z tyłu, bo chodnik jest za wąski

chciałabym, żeby przylecieli po mnie kosmici,
a jedyna zbrojna rewolucja, jakiej pragnę,
to koniec świata, który wszystkich zmiecie z planszy

 

The Poet

Anna Adamowicz was born in Lubin, Poland, in 1993. She is a medical laboratory scientist, but also a poet and author of the following poetry volumes: Wątpia (2016), Animalia (2019), Nebula (2020), zmyśl[]zmysł (2021, as her alter ego Laura Osińska). She was nominated for the Gdynia Literary Prize for her debut poetry book Wątpia. She was nominated for the Cultural Award of Gazeta Wyborcza Journal WARTO twice (2020, 2021). She received the Wisława Szymborska Poetry Prize for her second poetry book Animalia. Her poems were published in numerous magazines at home and abroad and translated into Czech, English, Hungarian, Russian, Slovenian and Ukrainian. She took part in several literary events in Poland and two foreign festivals: Poetry Cork Festival in Ireland and PesText in Hungary. She lives and works in Wrocław, Poland.