Exquisitely-crafted poems from Poland that explore how stories, and history, lie beneath the surface: of a neighbor’s face, city streets, ancient ruins, even language.
Krystyna Dąbrowska is an award-winning younger Polish poet whose poems convey a profound curiosity about the world, not only expressed by the lyric speaker but by those inside the poems — two owls guarding their nest, or a dog at the beach, or blind visitors in a museum. Her work and use of language so captivated the three translators that they decided to collaborate on this collection together. Many poems address daily life; others delve into the Holocaust, family relationships, and travels — to Cairo, Georgia, Jerusalem. Tideline is her first book in English, presented bilingually with the original Polish.
Co-translatorMira Rosenthal is poet, translator, and past fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University’s Stegner Fellowship. Her translation of Polish poet Tomasz Różycki’s collection, Colonies (Zephyr Press, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin International Poetry Prize and won the 2015 Northern California Book Award. Her work appears regularly in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, The Local World, received the Wick Poetry Prize. She lives in Los Osos, California.
Karen Kovacik: Karen Kovacik directs the creative writing program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She’s currently editing an anthology of Polish women poets, Calling Out to Yeti. Also a poet, she’s the author of three collections of poems.
Antonia Lloyd-Jones has translated works by many of Poland’s leading contemporary novelists, including Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, Jacek Dehnel, Mariusz Szczygieł, and Artur Domosławski. She has been a mentor for the Emerging Translator Mentorship Program and co-chair of the UK Translators Association. In 2018 she was honored with Poland’s Transatlantyk Award for the most outstanding promoter of Polish literature abroad.