Anna Swir Talking to My Body

ISBN 13: 9781556591082

Talking to My Body

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Anna Swir's poetry is featured in the best-selling anthologies Ten Poems to Set You Free and Risking Everything

Anna Swir (1909 1984) famously said A poet should be as sensitive as an aching tooth.” Swir was one of Poland’s most distinguished poets, and she was open in her feminism and eroticism, with poetry that explored the life of the female body from the agonizing depths of wartime to delirious sensual delight. The New York Times wrote that Swir's poetry pointed toward a "ferocious internal life."

A member of the Resistance during the Nazi occupation and a military nurse in a makeshift hospital during the Warsaw Uprising, Swir once waited an hour fully expecting to be executed. Affected deeply by her experience, she wrote a poetry which rejected the grand gestures of war in favor of a world cast in miniature, a world in which the body and individual survive.

Co-translated by Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan, with an introduction by Milosz, who writes: What is the central theme of these poems? Answer: Flesh. Flesh in love and ecstasy, in pain, in terror, flesh afraid of loneliness, giving birth, resting, feeling the flow of time or reducing time to one instant. By such a clear delineation of her subject matter, Anna Swir achieves in her sensual, fierce poetry a nearly calligraphic neatness.”


The poems delight in all things physical, painting a passionate picture of the soul as a reified, pulsating entity that argues with the body.” San Francisco Review

Talking to My Body is an extremely rewarding book... Her best poems are so original as to deliver that mild shock we've come to recognize as real poetry.” Boston Book Review

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Language Notes:

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Polish


An Artist Moves
Beach Sandals
Before Dawn
A Bitch
By The Well
Calm Down
A Cardboard Suitcase
Christmas Eve
A Conversation With A Little Flower
A Dirty Sexy Poem
Falling Asleep
Father In Krakow
A Film About My Father
The First Madrigal
Four Very Fat Legs
A Gentle World
Go To A Western
Goddess Of Matriarchy
The Greatest Love
A Handy Sun
Happy As A Dog's Tail
He Did Not Jump From The Third Floor
He Sang All His Life
He Strode Against The Tide
Her Death Is In Me
I Am Eleven
I Am Filled With Love
I Am Raking Hay
I Am Running On The Beach
I Cannot
I Do Not Accept
I Do Not Know How To Bark
I Knocked My Head Against The Wall
I Look With My Eyes Flooded By Tears
I Must Fight An Angel
I Protest
I Say To My Body: You Carcass
I Sleep And Snore
I Sleep In Blue Pajamas
I Starve My Belly For A Sublime Purpose
I Talk To My Body
I Wash The Shirt
I'll Open The Window
In A Crimson Gondola
In Railway Stations
In The Other World
Iron Currycomb
An Iron Hedgehog
Large Intestine
Like A He-bear And A She-bear
Like An Egyptian
Love With Rucksacks
Male And Female
Mother Dying
Mother Sings Again
My Body Effervesces
My Father Would Recall
My Father's Workshop
My Friend Speaks When Dying
My Mother, Miss Stasia
My Suffering
Myself And My Person
Old Madman
The Old Woman
Our Two Silences
A Plate Of Suffering
Poetry Reading
Priceless Gifts
The Same Inside
The Sea And Man
The Second Madrigal
Seventy Years
She Came To Say Farewell
She Does Not Remember
The Soul And The Body On The Beach
Soup For The Poor
A Spring
Take My Pain
Tears Stream
Tell Me
Terminally Ill
Thank You, My Fate
That Would Not Be Good
There Is A Light In Me
They Saved Me
Thing Indescribable
Three Bodies
Three Pieces Of Candy
To That Which Is Most Important
Troubles With The Soul At Morning Calisthenics
Vacations In Kurpieland
A Visit
We Survived Them
What Is A Pineal Gland
When I Am Digging Potatoes
White Wedding Slippers
A Woman Talks To Her Thigh
Woman Unborn
A Woman Writer Does Laundry
You Are Warm
You Sleep
The Youngest Children Of An Angel
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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