Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems of Tadeusz Rozewicz (Paperback)

Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems of Tadeusz Rozewicz By Tadeusz Rózewicz, Joanna Trzeciak (Translated by), Edward Hirsch (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Tadeusz Rózewicz, Joanna Trzeciak (Translated by), Edward Hirsch (Foreword by)
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"An anti-poet relentlessly, even ruthlessly determined to tell the truth, however painful it may be."—Edward Hirsch

Widely held to be the most influential Polish poet of a generation that includes Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska, Tadeusz Rózewicz gives voice in the sharpest, most disturbing way to the crisis of values that has plagued our civilization. Joanna Trzeciak's new translation displays Rózewicz's supernatural simplicity, his stark diction and sudden turns.

From "regression into the primordial soup"

     finally I too came into the world

     in the year 1921 and suddenly . . .

     atchoo! time passes I am old and forgot where I put my glasses

     I forgot there was

     history Caesar Hitler Mata Hari

     Stalin capitalism communism

     Einstein Picasso Al Capone

     Alka Seltzer Al Qaeda

About the Author

Tadeusz Rózewicz was born in Poland in 1921. He is a major poet and playwright.

Joanna Trzeciak's translations include Miracle Fair: Selected Poems of Wislawa Szymborska, winner of the Heldt Translation Prize. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Edward Hirsch has published seven books of poems, including Special Orders. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

Striking . . . chilling. . . . [Rozewicz’s work] embodies that particular anxiety and familiar sense of diminishment we still associate with being ‘modern.’
— The Nation

Rozewicz is that rare character—a skeptic as full of passion as of intelligence, of warmth as wariness.
— judges’ citation, Griffin Poetry Prize

Instead of answers, the poet offers only an examination. Like it or not, he says, this is all we have: a fragment, a glimpse, a rustle.
— New Republic
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393345551
ISBN-10: 0393345556
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 6th, 2013
Pages: 368
Language: English