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“People in the know know him.” That’s what his English translator, Peter Constantine, told me. Grzegorz Kwiatkowski is becoming an important poetic voice from today’s Poland, with six volumes of poetry, and translated editions on the way. His translator added, “He has a strange poetic voice, very original and stark.”

The living and the dead – New Eastern Europe

A conversation with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, a Polish poet, and Trupa Trupa, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. Interviewer: Jacek Hajduk.

JACEK HAJDUK: During the 2019 SXSW Music Festival you dedicated the performance of your group, Trupa Trupa, to the memory of the late Gdańsk mayor, Paweł Adamowicz. Let us then start with Gdańsk. How much of this city is with you today? And how was it before? Which faces of this multi-layered urban centre are close to your heart?

Crops

1 listopada w amerykańskim wydawnictwie Rain Taxi ukaże się książka “Crops” w tłumaczeniu profesora Petera Constantine’a.

Never Forget What Hate Can / Ruth Ben-Ghiat

I am pleased to bring you this interview with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, a member of the Polish psychedelic post-punk band Trupa Trupa, and the author of several books of poetry that address history, remembrance, and ethics. His latest poems will appear in the review Rain Taxi in November. Kwiatkowski’s musical and literary works have been published and reviewed in The Guardian, Modern Poetry in Translation, Rolling Stone, and the BBC and other places. Trupa Trupa’s songs have denounced Holocaust denialism, as in the tracks Remainder and Never Forget. The band has performed at Desert Daze Festival, South By Southwest, Iceland Airwaves, and Haldern Pop Festival. In 2020 they took part in an NPR Tiny Desk session. Their latest EP is I’ll Find. Our conversation was held on March 23, 2021, and has been edited for clarity and flow.

My Favourite Album / Gigantic

Speaking to those with excellent taste, My Favourite Album connects with musicians around the globe to ask about the records that inspire them. We are very pleased to talk to Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, leader of experimental rockers Trupa Trupa.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Witness Trupa Trupa’s postpunk triptych in the video for “Fitzcarraldo”.

The music made by Gdańsk’s Trupa Trupa covers a wide range, both musically and emotionally. “Fitzcarraldo,” from their 2020 EP I’ll Find, is more on the blissed-out side of things, juxtaposing nimble guitar melodies with an airy musical backdrop. The brand-new video (also available below) finds the band crossing the United States, and includes some footage shot at their show at Union Pool.

Oko dostrzegające grozę świata – Józef Olejniczak

Marta Tomczok w recenzji[1], a później raz jeszcze już we wspólnym z Pawłem Tomczokiem artykule o czterech tomikach wierszy Grzegorza Kwiatkowskiego[2], wytacza/wytaczają przeciw nim najcięższe działa. Zarzuca/zarzucają Kwiatkowskiemu manipulacje, etyczny relatywizm, a w ostatecznym rozrachunku także rodzaj współczesnego szmalcownictwa (to moje określenie) polegającego na konstruowaniu poetyckich obrazów żerujących na motywie Zagłady prowadzącym do banalizacji i przemieszczeniu go w przestrzeń kultury popularnej[3].