Poems not in Wiersze Wybrane. Pages from Dziela 1-2
Halina Poświatowska (English translations + Polish originals):

 

 

Halina Poswiatowska canon in translation.  Dziela I 52. / DZIELA I and II
not in _Wiersze Wybrane_ (Selected Poems), Jan Zych ed. / DRAFT2

                A Tremoring Ball of Longing
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                a whisper whisper whisper whisper
                        at night is scaring the dream
                        with the mordant fingernails of stars
                        through the glass and the rain
                a murmur murmur murmur
                        is nudging with a cat's paw
                        the mouse's back

                blood blood blood
                        lapped greedily with a soft tongue
                a - ki - s - s of lips
                        expecting so much
                        from the shadows grown in the corners
                        a spider's web wound around the neck
                        pulsing with desire
                        constricts chokes
                a leaf leaf leaf
                        a dead tree
                        in its last breath
                        has born a cadaver
                a thread thread
                        is swaying an inert body
                        web-spinning are the spiders of stars
                of stars


                        Halina Poswiatowska d. 11 October 1967
                        translated from the Polish
                        by Marek Lugowski marek@enteract.com
                        28 February 2000 Chicago

                Drgaja/cy kl/e/bek te/sknoty
                -------------------------------------------------------

                szept szept szept szept
                        noca/ pl/oszy sen
                        zjadliwymi paznokciami gwiazd
                        poprzez szkl/o i deszcz
                szmer szmer szmer
                        l/apa/ kota potra/ca
                        mysi grzbiet
                krew krew krew
                        chl/eptana chciwie mie/kkim je/zykiem
                po - ca -l/u - nek warg
                        oczekuja/cych tyle
                        od cieni narosl/ych w ka/tach
                        paje/czyna owinie/ta dokol/a szyji
                        pulsuja/cej pragnieniem
                        zaciska dl/awi
                lis/c/ lis/c/ lis/c/
                        niez/ywe drzewo
                        w ostatnim tchnieniu
                        urodzil/o trupa
                nic/ nic/
                        bezwl/adne cial/o kol/ysze
                        snuja/ sie/ paja/ki gwiazd
                gwiazd


source:
Halina Poswiatowska, _Dziela, Poezja 1 and 2_ (_The Works, Poetry 1 and 2_),
Wydawnictwo Literackie, Krakow: 1997.  Source language: Polish.

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