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
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.
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.