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

 

 



Halina Poswiatowska canon in translation.  Dziela II 62. / DZIELA 1-2
(poems not in _Wiersze Wybrane_ (Selected Poems), Jan Zych ed. / DRAFT2)

		untitled (***vipers enjoy grassy glades)
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		vipers enjoy grassy glades
		hot in the sun
		they lie there strangely twisted
		congealed roots
		and when they suddenly slacken
		the sun enters them
		and their bodies phosphoresce brown
		and they become thought

		unbraiding and growing
		one into another
		beginnings ends beginnings ends
		life is a single slither
		torn into narrow strips
		without a beginning without an end

		vipers enjoy grassy glades
		they lie there
		mostly silent
		and if one suddenly slackens
		it is for the sun
		to scan it
		it turns over
		in slow motion
		and congeals -- in endless existence
		
		
		        Halina Poswiatowska d. 11 October 1967
		        translated from the Polish
		        by Marek Lugowski marek@enteract.com
		        20 November 2004 Chicago, Illinois

		***
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		z/mije lubia/ polany trawiaste
		nagrzane sl/on/cem
		tam lez/a/ poskre/cane dziwnie
		korzenie zastygl/e
		a gdy sie/ rozpre/z/aja/ nagle
		to wchodzi w nie sl/on/ce
		i cial/a fosforyzuja/ brunatnie
		i sa/ mys/la/

		rozplataja/ce sie/ i wrastaja/ce
		w siebie
		pocza/tki kon/ce pocza/tki kon/ce
		z/ycie jest jednym cia/giem
		podartym w strze/pki wa/skie
		bez pocza/tku bez kon/ca

		z/mije lubia/ polany trawiaste
		tam lez/a/
		przewaz/nie ciche
		a jes/li kto/ras/ rozpre/z/y sie/ nagle
		to po to
		z/eby ja/ przes/wietlil/o sl/on/ce
		odwraca sie/ ruchem powolnym
		na drugi bok
		i w trwaniu kto/re jest wieczne -- zastyga

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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