Our latest installment features translator and essayist Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough reading Theater Impressions by Wisława Szymborska.
(Poem translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak)
Wisława Szymborska Well-known in her native Poland, Wisława Szymborska received international recognition when she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. In awarding the prize, the Academy praised her “poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.” Collections of her poems that have been translated into English include People on a Bridge (1990), View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems (1995), Miracle Fair (2001), and Monologue of a Dog (2005).
Readers of Szymborska’s poetry have often noted its wit, irony, and deceptive simplicity. Her poetry examines domestic details and occasions, playing these against the backdrop of history. In the poem The End and the Beginning, Szymborska writes, “After every war / someone’s got to tidy up.”
Szymborska lived most of her life in Krakow; she studied Polish literature and society at Jagiellonian University and worked as an editor and columnist. A selection of her reviews was published in English under the title Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces (2002). She received the Polish PEN Club prize, the Goethe Prize, and the Herder Prize.
Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough is a translator and essayist. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, LitHub, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and other journals. Her essay collection Objects of Affection was published in 2018 by Braddock Avenue Books.
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Nationally acclaimed poets bring their theatre-related poetry to Central New York via the new online series from Syracuse Stage, Poetry & Play.
The online video series is an extension of an existing live performance series that paired poets and poetry with similarly themed Syracuse Stage plays. The move to presenting the series online is part of Syracuse Stage’s response to the closure of theaters due to Covid-19. The online version will feature poets and actors self-recording and reading poems written about experiences in the theatre. New installments will appear in your email inbox every other Monday.