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Nine poems

Tomasz Różycki

Born in Opole, Poland in 1970,

Tomasz Różycki is one of the lights

of this generation of Polish poets,

following on from Czesław Miłosz

and Adam Zagajewski – a true

compositor of shared poetic

inheritance for these times. Most

of the poems in our selection are

from

Colonies ,

a poetic memoir of

77 sonnets which plumbs the contours of maturation in a

world of challenging morality, scarcely healed destruction

and exile. A masterful, offhand music, synthesis, and depth

of formal meditation infuse these works with rarified

coherence, framing every page.

"Tomasz Rozycki's

Colonies

is one of the most remarkable

sonnet sequences of our time: the work of a wandering,

restless, and moral mind."

Susan Stewart, Princeton University

This is followed by one new poem by the poet.

Translated from the Polish by Mira Rosenthal.