Grzegorz Kwiatkowski is a new and dynamic poetic voice from Poland, with six volumes of poetry and several translations on the way, as well as the vocalist of the psychedelic postpunk band Trupa Trupa. His newest collection, Crops, translated into English by Peter Constantine, was published by Rain Taxi in November 2021. In this interview, Constantine and Kwiatkowski discuss the themes of his poetry and his endeavors as a musician and activist.
On Saturday, August 13, the third edition of the Sangam and Agora event will take place. Grzegorz Kwiatkowski and UCLA professor Vinay Lal will host Poet Laureate of San Francisco Kim Shuck, Oxford University professor Paul Lodge and a couple of scientists and filmmakers – Dr. Anjali Monteiro and Dr. K.P. Jayasankara.
You are invited to join the second edition of Sangam and Agora – Forum of Poets, Scholars, and Autodidacts. Grzegorz Kwiatkowski together with UCLA professor Vinay Lal will host such great guests: David Garyan, Betty Govinden, Bongani Kona and Henry C. Theriault.
If you’re looking for somebody to adequately explain to you what Trupa Trupa does, I’m not that person. All I can do is try to provide some impressions because I really don’t have anything to compare it with. It’s bits and pieces. It seems chaotic but you always feel a structure. It can be aggressive. It can float and dream. It can do both in the same song. There really aren’t any rules going on here. It’s kind of like trying to define what Syd Barrett was doing with Pink Floyd before he went off the deep end.
The PEN Ten is PEN America’s weekly interview series. This week, PEN America’s senior director of Free Expression Programs Summer Lopez speaks with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, author of Crops (Rain Taxi, 2021).
As a kid growing up in a huge extended family of Polish post-World War II ex-pats and their offspring in Chicago and beyond, I didn’t have to travel to Warsaw to get a deep education in the country’s culture and music.
UCLA professor Vinay Lal and Grzegorz Kwiatkowski begin the series “Sangam and Agora: A Forum of Poets, Philosophers, Scholars, and Autodidacts”. The first inaugural meeting ‘Poetry Makes Things Happen’ will be held on Saturday, April 23rd.
Philosopher-poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski’s lyrics deal with fundamental questions of fighting evil, in a homeland that has experienced more than its share. This hardcore moral stance is matched by the baleful, seething rock of opener “Moving”. But respite is offered by the scratchily pretty, Sonic Youth-like psychedelic ballad “Lines” and Floydian acid-folk of “All And All”, as Trupa Trupa’s sixth album favours often lovely, mysteriously ritualistic sounds. The dreamy vocal and abrasively chiming guitar on “Sick” are also narcotically dislocating. Kwiatkowski’s words stay sunk deep in the title track’s mix, the submerged poetry of an underground band who carry a courageous subculture with them.
Nick Hasted, Uncut