The fifth event in our “Poetry and Politics” series (but unfortunately, only the fourth podcast, as we’ve lost the recording of Andrei Codrescu’s memorable reading on November 2, 2006) features the return of Adam Zagajewski to Boston University. The podcast is a recording of Zagajewski’s March 19, 2007 reading at the Institute for Human Sciences. The event aired on WBUR radio’s “World of Ideas” program on July 29, 2007. We are grateful to WBUR for making the recording available to EU for You.
Adam Zagajewski was born in Lwów, Poland in 1945. He spent his childhood in Silesia and then in Cracow, where he graduated from Jagiellonian University. He first became established as one of the leading poets of the Generation of ’68′ or the Polish New Wave (Nowa Fala). Among his collections in Polish are Pragnienie (1999), Ziemia ognista (1994), Jechac do Lwowa (1985), Sklepy miesne (1975), and Komunikat (1972).His English collections of poetry include Without End: New and Selected Poems (2003, translated by Clare Cavanaugh), Mysticism for Beginners (1997, translated by Clare Cavanaugh), Tremor (1985, translated by Renata Gorczynski), and Canvas(1991, translated by Renata Gorczynski, B. Ivry, and C.K. Williams). Zagajewski’s honors and awards include the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature, a fellowship from the Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Libert, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.