Poetry Centre

Weekly Poem for 21 April 2014

  • what comes to mind is meadow


    nasuwa się łąka, łąka łąk ta jedna na starość

    przywykam do mijania twarzy

    grobek w piasku, kwiatki krzyżyk „muszę zobaczyć kto
    tam czy mewa ryba nic”, za falę będzie po nim

    morza mam tyle ile przy nim stoję, nie pilnowane
    rozpływa się w szare nie wiem


    what comes to mind is meadow the meadow of meadows

    the one for my old age

    slowly I’m getting used to the passage of faces

    a small grave in the sand a small cross and some flowers
    ‘I need to see who it is, seagull fish nothing’ in a wave
    it’ll be gone

    sea that much of it as I stand on its shore unattended it
    spills slurs into the grey I don’t know

    by Krystyna Miłobędzka, translated by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese

    Owing to essential maintenance work, the Poetry Centre website will not be available on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 April, and so this week’s poem is being distributed early. Happy Easter to all our readers!

    News from the Centre: for the first time since its establishment, Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre has established a formal link with another academic centre dedicated to the study of poetry. In March 2014 Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre entered into a partnership with the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies, which is based at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, and is under the direction of Dr Michael Hinds. The link will raise the international profile of Brookes’ Poetry Centre, and facilitate collaborations based on existing and emerging research areas at both centres. Learn more about the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at the Centre’s website.


    ‘what comes to mind is meadow’ by Krystyna Miłobędzka is copyright © Krystyna Miłobędzka, 2013, and translated by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. It is reprinted by permission of Arc Publications from the book  Nothing More , which is introduced by Robert Minhinnick, and is part of Arc’s Visible Poets series, edited by Jean Boase-Beier (Arc Publications, 2013).

    Notes from Arc Publications:

    Krystyna Miłobędzka
    was born in Margonin, Poland, in 1932. She is an author of twelve books of poetry. Her ‘collected’ appeared in 2006 and in 2010. Recipient of numerous awards, she has been nominated for the NIKE Prize in 2006 and won the Silesius Award in 2009, and again in 2013 for Lifetime Achievement. 

    Nothing More crystallizes relationships between people from erotic engagements to the bond between mother and child. These are poems rooted in the earth and body, beginning in a physical experience that expands into philosophical questioning. They are not polite, they do not hide their imperfections. They reveal an immediacy of expression. Each text reveals itself seemingly uncontrolled, an unspecified thought: a sentence broken off, a sudden mental leap, an ellipsis, a slip of the tongue.

    You can read further poems from Nothing More on Arc’s website, and a short essay by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese about her translations of Miłobędzka’s work on the Voltage Poetry blog.

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