Stone, rime

Ryszard Krynicki
Stone, rime
  • Wydawnictwo a5
    Kraków 2004
    145 x 210
    111 pages
    paperback
    ISBN 83-85568-72-7
    Translation rights: Ryszard Krynicki

Stone, rime is Krynicki’s first volume to appear for many years. A leading poet of the ’68 Generation, he is also a major publisher of poetry. His short texts reflect the experiences of the child of a Nazi concentration camp prisoner. Just in case, the father teaches his child how to work in the woods and on the water as a way of surviving the next war. In Stone, rime there is a dominant atmosphere of worry and care concerning Europe of today, which is passed through as if in transit. The quest for intimacy continues - not just the love and calling of a wife, but also affection for animals and following research on the cosmos.

Małgorzata Baranowska

Copenhagen

Oh yes, I’ve even been to Copenhagen.
To tell the truth I only set one foot there.
Was it on the way from London to Warsaw?
While waiting for my plane
I stood before an immense plate of glass
in the departure lounge
and stared into the invisible city,
even more inscrutable
than the until recently

dark side of the moon.

***

Blind? Deaf? Dumb?
Inconceivable:

It is.

Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones