Jacek Podsiadło

Born in Szewna near Ostrow Swietokrzyski in 1964, he has worked in steel mills and on construction sites, and until recently had his own program on Polish Radio Opole. In the 1980s, he cooperated with the pacifistic and ecological Freedom and Peace movement. He has been associated with bruLion since 1991 and has won many prizes and literary competitions, including the Georg Trakl award in 1994 and Koscielski Prize in 1998. Podsiadlo records and lyrically transforms the contents of everyday experience, affirming privacy and authenticity while proclaiming a skepticism and distance from the institutions and rituals of public life. His verse is arranged in the form of a poetic journal of a life lived in conditions that seem far from poetic. Creatively developing existential themes, he concentrates on situations and moods that are routine rather than extravagant or exotic. Love, the Way (always written with a capital W), places, and recollections of childhood and youth are his starting points for unfurling his sentences and sequences of associations and names. His words wander between the concrete moment of objects and events, and its artistic transformation, which is dynamic, often astounding, and artful.

Bibliography

  • Nieszczęście doskonałe, Toruń: Toruńskie Towarzystwo Kultury, 1987.
  • W lunaparkach smutny, w lupanarach śmieszny, Warszawa: Staromiejski Dom Kultury, 1990.
  • Wiersze wybrane 1985-1990, Warszawa-Kraków: bruLion, 1992.
  • Arytmia, Warszawa: bruLion 1993.
  • Dobra ziemia dla murarzy, Warszawa: Tikkum, 1994.
  • Języki ognia, Warszawa-Kraków: bruLion, 1994.
  • The all the whales I'd love before, Białystok: Kartki, 1996.
  • niczyje, boskie, Warszawa: bruLion, 1998 .
  • Wiersze zebrane, Warszawa: Lampa i Iskra Boża, 1998.
  • Wychwyt Grahama, Warszawa: Lampa i Iskra Boza, 1999.
  • Cisówka. Wiersze. Opowiadania, Biblioteka "Kartek", Białystok 1999.
  • I ja pobiegłem w tę mgłę, Kraków: Znak, 2000.
  • Kra, Kraków: Znak, 2005.
  • A mój syn...Wybór felietonów, Kraków: Znak, 2006.
  • Pippi, dziwne dziecko, Warszawa: Hokus-Pokus Marta Lipczyńska, 2006.
  • Życie, a zwłaszcza śmierć Angeliki de Sancé, Kraków: Znak, 2008
  • Trzy domy, Warszawa: Jacek Santorski & Co, 2009 
  • Pod światło, Self Publishing, 2011
  • Być może należało mówić, Wrocław: Biuro Literackie, 2014.
  • Przez sen, Lublin: Ośrodek Brama Grodzka - Teatr NN, 2015

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Slovenian:

  • Sezonski svetnik [wybór wierszy], Ljubljana: Center za Slovensko Književnost, 2000.