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Reprinted with permission from Altered State — The New Polish Poetry. Edited by Rod Mengham, Tadeusz Pióro and Piotr Szymor. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2003. Price: £10.95. This selection was chosen by Rod Mengham and John Tranter. Visit the publisher’s website.

Krzysztof Siwczyk

Poem

Metaphors and Comparisons

First of all wrapped in a sheet,
on a military stretcher, she was put
into the hands of stoned grave diggers.

As I take her place, on a reddish carpet,
I ask myself, what has it got to do
with me.

Translated by Piotr Szymor and Rod Mengham.

Krzysztof Siwczyk was born in 1977, lives in Gliwice and works at the Mikołów Institute. He played the role of Wojaczek in Lech Majewski’s 1999 biographical film about that poet. He is co-editor of Arcadia, a journal published by the Institute.

His publications include:

Dzikie dzieci [Savage Children] (Bydgoszcz: Świadectwo, 1995)
Długie dno [A Long Bottom] (Katowice: 1988)
Emil i my [Emile and Us] (Czarne: Wydawnictwo Czarne, 1999)
Wiersze dla palących [Poems for Smokers] (Mikołów: Instytut Mikołówski, 2001)
Dane dni [Given Days] (Legnica: Biuro Literackie, 2001)

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