Tadeusz Dabrowski "Poems by Tadeusz Dabrowski: Posts" & Joshua Weiner "The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish"

Join East End Books Ptown as we welcome Poets Tadeusz Dabrowski "Posts" and Joshua Weiner "The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish"   to Provincetown. Tadeusc will be visiting from Poland. Josh hails from D.C.

A rising star in Polish letters explores faith, eros, death and the making of poems in these deft, personal musings.

Hailed in Poland as "the hope of Polish poetry" and the inheritor of its metaphysical tradition, Dabrowski offers these "posts" from city streets and trains, his bedroom and Skype, a hospital and his own notebook, employing colloquial language to confront weighty subjects: "And right here /poetry appears, and forces a stag to bolt / in front of the hood of your car."

Tadeusz Dabrowski is the author of six books and recipient of numerous awards, and his work has been translated into 20 languages.

Antonia Lloy

Like his poetic compatriot Szymborska, Tadeusz Dąbrowski knows that straightforward language is an efficient and beguiling way to access the mysteries that lie beyond the limits of prose.                                    


                                    -                                                           Billy Collins



Tadeusz Dąbrowski is in poetry what the French call le grand reporter. He has the temperament of a realist but his realism is of a poetic nature, it leads to a revelation, not to accusation. His poems achieve an astonishing degree of density which is an adequate response to the absurdity of our world. A remarkable collection of poems!


                                                                                                Adam Zagajewski



Tadeusz Dabrowski’s “Posts” is a beautifully translated desolation-cum-disorientation leavened with jokes and full of sharp laconic lyricism. It’s just that the lyricism is keenly aware of its own lost project. And that’s what makes it such fine nerve-touching poetry.


                                                                                                George Szirtes



I need Tadeusz Dąbrowski’s work because it teaches me how to be bewildered, how to be astonished, and how to live alone, even when I am not alone, “lying in bed / side by side like two matches / meanwhile my fingers count syllables / in a haiku on parting.” It is a lucky thing to have a real poet live in one’s time, watching us watch him, as he watches the night train which rubs cat-like against the glow of our little town, too hurriedly.


                                                                                                Ilya Kaminsky



In Posts, his second book to appear in English, Tadeusz Dąbrowski writes calmly, even breezily about the various forms of dementia sweeping our world. In one poem, a speaker remembers having memories though there’s no need for memory now in a world where everything is immediately available.  In another, a “gargantuan city” (maybe New York) prides itself on preserving art in its “sieve-like” memory.  In one poem, a stroke victim’s face registers different expressions; in another a city is divided in two like a stroke victim’s face.  All this is presented not as surreal, not as science fiction, but as the new normal, and why not? Wherever we live, we can recognize ourselves in the world Dabrowski describes.


d-Jones's brilliant translations have twice won her the Found in Translation Award.


Joshua Weiner - "The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish"

At the heart of Joshua Weiner’s new book is an extended poem with a bold political dimension and great intellectual ambition. It fuses the poet’s point of view with Walt Whitman’s to narrate a decentered time-traveling collage about Rock Creek, a tributary of the Potomac that runs through Washington, DC. For Weiner, Rock Creek is the location of myriad kinds of movement, streaming, and joining: personal enterprise and financial capital; national politics, murder, sex, and homelessness; the Civil War and collective history; music, spiritual awakening, personal memory, and pastoral vision. The questions that arise from the opening foundational poem inform the others in the collection, which range widely from the dramatic arrival of an uncanny charismatic totem that titles the volume to intimate reflections on family, illness, and dream visions. The virtues of Weiner’s earlier books—discursive intelligence, formal control, an eccentric and intriguing ear, and a wide-ranging curiosity matched to variety of feeling—are all present here. But in The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish, Weiner has discovered a new poetic idiom, one that is stripped down, rhythmically jagged, and comprehensively philosophical about human limits.







Event date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
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