Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Beautiful books 06

Today the gorgeously named fat like the sun by Anna Swir (Świrszczyńska) a Polish poet (1909–1984) whose poems are shaped by Second World War experiences, female flesh and experience, sex and motherhood. Direct language and beautiful unsettling thoughts.

This Women's Press cover from 1986 is a delight - although my copy bought in Lyme Regis in the wake of the French Lieutenant's Woman is scuffed - and the poems are better. (And is the sun wearing glasses? I only just noticed that...)

In a meadow

One white daisy
and my two closed eyes
These shield us from the world.

(translation by Grazyna Baran and Margaret Marshment and Jola Scicinska did the fantastic cover design.)

More on Swir here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_%C5%9Awirszczy%C5%84ska.

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