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

 

 

Halina Poswiatowska canon in translation.  Dziela I 83. / DZIELA I and II
not in _Wiersze Wybrane_ (Selected Poems), Jan Zych ed. / DRAFT2

		In the Low Sun
		-------------------------------------------------------

		How many swollen hot words sleep on a branch of the
		autumnal tree.  Allegedly the sorb allegedly the wind.
		And the time of year which carries the harvest of leaves
		leaving behind on clouded branches red berries they
		call autumn.  And they say of her woman.  And they say
		that she is greedy and parched like a real woman and
		that she avenges herself for her shortfall of love.
		She has cool fingers bent -- sharp fingernails.  Her
		touch rustles and flogs -- her skin smells of honey
		and has the color of wilted leaves dying in yellow.
		Her mouth a ripened fruit she gives to the trees she
		gives to the stars and when they spurn it -- she throws
		it to the bottom of a green pond.  She curses love
		which consumes her like fire like pain -- entangled
		in a crow's wing she flies off west laughing harshly.


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

		W niskim sl/on/cu
		-------------------------------------------------------

		Ile nabrzmial/ych gora/cych sl/o/w s/pi na gal/e/zi
		jesiennego drzewa.  Podobno jarze/bina podobno wiatr.
		A pore/ roku kto/ra niese z/niwo lis/ci i zostawia na
		chmurnych gal/e/ziach czerwone jagody nazywaja/
		jesienia/.  I mo/wia/ o niej kobieta.  I mo/wia/ z/e
		jest zachl/anna i spragniona jak prawdziwa kobieta i
		z/e ms/ci sie/ za niedosyt mil/os/ci.  Palce ma chl/odne
		zgie/te -- ostre paznokcie.  Dotyk jej szeles/ci smaga
		-- sko/ra pachnie miodem i kolor ma zwie/dl/ych lis/ci
		umieraja/cych z/o/l/to.  Usta dojrzal/y owoc podaje
		drzewom podaje gwiazdom a gdy go nie chca/ -- rzuca na
		dno zielonego stawu.  Przeklina mil/os/c/ kto/ra ja/
		trawi jak ogien/ jak bo/l -- wpla/tana w skrzydl/o
		wrony odlatuje na zacho/d s/mieja/c sie/ twardo.


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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