Acclaimed Polish poet Adam Zagajewski dies at age 75
Zagajewski’s death on Sunday, which was UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, was confirmed by publisher Krystyna Krynicka of the a5 publishing house. You watched the stylish yachts and ships;one of them had a long trip ahead of it,while salty oblivion awaited others. He taught poetry workshops at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, as well as creative writing at the University of Houston. The Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jorie Graham tweeted “Dear voyager & voice for the ages. He was awarded a number of Polish state distinctions and France’s Legion of Honor in 2016.
Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's art book hits bookstores
The Lost Soul, a unique art book with text by Nobel-winning Polish author Olga Tokarczuk about a man who loses his soul in the daily rush, hits bookstores in the United States this week. First published in Poland in 2017, the hardcover book originated from a private ceremony text intended for one person. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)WARSAW – The latest book by Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk to be translated into English is a departure for the celebrated Polish author. The book has many meanings, also inspired by its nostalgic, meditative drawings by Polish artist Joanna Concejo. There appears a value through which we read the text in a different way and we also see the drawings in a different way than if they had stood alone.
American poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature
American poet Louise Gluck speaks with the media, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, outside her home in Cambridge, Mass. Gluck, a professor of English at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., won the 2020 Nobel Prize for literature "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)STOCKHOLM – Louise Glück, an American poet long revered for the power, inventiveness and concision of her work and for her generosity to younger writers, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. “As one of our most celebrated American poets, we are thrilled that Louise Glück has received this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature," Michael Jacobs, chairman of the Academy of American Poets, said in a statement. In 2018, the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, which names the Nobel literature committee, and sparked a mass exodus of members.
Nobel laureate refuses local honor over Poland's LGBT 'rift'
Tokarczuk said in a tweet Friday that while she appreciated being considered, she “sadly” couldn't accept Lower Silesia’s honorary citizenship. She said that receiving it at the same time as Bishop Ignacy Dec would highlight the “painful rift” in Poland over LGBT rights. Dec has repeatedly described the LGBT rights movement as a threat to the Catholic Church and to Poland, which is predominantly Catholic. “Instead of being a joyous celebration of a sense of community, it is a vivid illustration of the painful rift in our society,” she said. Poland has produced heated debates over LGBT rights in recent months, including after right-wing President Andrzej Duda described the movement as worse than communism as part of his reelection campaign earlier this year.
Artists, academics defend LGBT rights in Poland
The far-right activists protest against LGBT rights. Tensions over LGBT rights have been growing in Poland after an increasingly visible gay rights movement has been met by an angry backlash from the church and the government. President Andrzej Duda, a party ally, won a tight reelection in July after a campaign vowing to defend the country's traditional Catholic identity. He called the LGBT rights movement move dangerous than communism. We speak out in solidarity with activists and their allies, who are being detained, brutalized, and intimidated, the letter said.