Sobbing Superpower

Selected Poems of Tadeusz Rozewicz

By Tadeusz Rozewicz; Joanna Trzeciak (Translator); Edward Hirsch (Foreword by)
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067798, 364pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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Widely held to be the most influential Polish poet of a generation that includes Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska, Tadeusz Ro ewicz gives voice in the sharpest, most disturbing way to the crisis of values that has plagued our civilization. Joanna Trzeciak's new translation displays Ro ewicz''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 Ro?ewicz was born in Poland in 1921. He is a major poet and playwright.

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

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry.A MacArthur fellow, he has published eight books of poems and four books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.
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