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Crops – Words Without Borders

The first review of “Crops” in “Words Without Borders” by Tobias Carroll:

“How do you address a legacy of genocide through art? Crops has a daunting task before it, and what makes these works particularly impressive is the way that Kwiatkowski’s stark use of language offers a sense of absence throughout the book. This is haunting work in more ways than one.”

Grotte du Lazaret

The poem, “world”, was included in ‘the Palaeolithic Grotte du Lazaret in Nice’, as part of the project by The University of Texas at Dallas and the LabSynthE studio of professor Xtine Burrough. The poem, “world”, taken from book, “Crops”, translated by Peter Constantine, can be heard starting at 48 seconds.


Single “Twitch”, the first track from the upcoming B FLAT A album is out today! Listen to this song on all digital platforms and watch the video directed by Aleksander Makowski.

Imani Perry about “Crops”

Imani Perry, writer and professor at Princeton University commenting on “Crops”:

“I have found these poems to be emotionally compelling and profound. I expect fellow readers will enjoy this beautiful work”

Kean University

Kean University and the Holocaust Resource Center invite you to “Conversation with poet and musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski” as part of the Kristallnacht Commemorative Program. Meeting led by Dr. Joanna Sliwa will take place on Tuesday, November 9.

Richard Deming about “Crops”

Richard Deming, poet, art critic, and the Director of Creative Writing at Yale University, commenting on “Crops”:

“Grzegorz Kwiatkowski once said, “I think that we should be conscious about the evil that is inside every one of us.” In his collection Crops, Kwiatkowski’s taut, tense poems sound the depths of our darkest history. Masterfully rendered by Peter Constantine, one of our most brilliant translators, Crops reveals that the unforgettable is also the undeniable. Is it beautiful? I say it is powerfully necessary, unrelentingly direct. I say it burns.”

Grzegorz Kwiatkowski in conversation with translator Peter Constantine

Join us for a coffee break conversation as we celebrate the publication of Crops, the latest chapbook in Rain Taxi’s OHM Editions series, a stunning collection of verse by the award-winning Polish poet and musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski! In this heart-rending work, so beautifully translated into English by Peter Constantine, Kwiatkowski warns “We must not forget our tragic past because it might well return.” At this special launch event, Kwiatkowski and Constantine will read from and discuss the history that informs these poems, as well as the role poetry can play in offering testimony and hope in our troubled world.

Wednesday, November 10, 3:00 pm Central