The Sound Of A Heartbeat –
a poetry reading and workshop.
Coleridge Room, Jesus College, 7 February 2016 at 5.00
Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska (1891-1945) is one of Poland’s greatest poets.
She is known as ‘the Polish Sappho’.
In her poetry and her life she set out to defy convention and to explore and express the many facets of love – lyrical, romantic, tragic, satiric, compassionate...
She was a playwright too: her last play, written in 1939, parodied Hitler and his Nazi regime. When Germany invaded Poland she escaped and ended up in England as a war refugee. As her wartime poetry shows, she was a brilliant observer of the English.
Today her work and the music she has inspired will be presented by her translator in a bilingual session including audience participation.
As the world spurned Sappho,
As her creations burned,
Rosy smoke blossomed;
A wild, heavy cloud turned
And flowed down time.
My lungs draw it in with the wind:
No waste of rhyme…