One of the greatest European poets of his generation, Rózewicz (born in Poland in 1921) has described his poetry as being "fashioned out of a remnant of words, salvaged words, out of uninteresting words, words from the great rubbish dump, the great cemetery".
In 'Recycling', the 3-part title poem at the centre of this new collection, he does indeed pick through the "great rubbish dump" of horrors of the past, but he addresses the anxieties of modern civilisation too.
Always political, and often with a dry humour, Rózewicz looks at friendship and love, art and religion, ageing and death in this collection of recent work.
This fine new translation makes it available as a Polish/English parallel-text edition to English-speaking poetry readers for the first time.
Published January 2001