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Contents Introduction / I. Lifting the Veils of History / Wislawa Szymborska, "The End and the Beginning" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Hitler's First Photograph" / Julia Hartwig, "Victoria" / Julia Hartwig, "Some Women from Warsaw" / Anna Swir, "I Carried Bedpans" / Julia Hartwig, "This Is How It Will Be" / Julia Hartwig, "In Transit" / Bozena Keff, "Lara Croft" / Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo, "Fragments of Maps" / Agnieszka Kuciak, "Wroniecka Street Pool" / Ewa Lipska, "Confessions of a Courtesan" / Krystyna Milobedzka, From I Remember (Notes on Martial Law) / Mira Kus, "Poem of the Seven Veils" / Wioletta Grzegorzewska, "Spring, 1986" / Agnieszka Mirahina, "All the Radio Stations of the Soviet Union" / Ewa Lipska, "Freedom" / II. In the Theater of Dreams Joanna Lech, "Cuts" / Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo, "Black" / Justyna Bargielska, "In this season, at this time of day" / Wislawa Szymborska, "In Praise of Dreams" / Krystyna Dabrowska, "Travel Agency" / Urszula Koziol, "Under the Cover of Night" / Krystyna Lars, "`I Dreamed I Collaborated'..." / Joanna Lech, "Postscript" / Marzanna Bogumila Kielar, "Like an oxidized breath . . ." / Marzena Broda, "My Little Son Died" / Joanna Lech, "The Tide Coming In" / Julia Fiedorczuk, "Bio" / Julia Fiedorczuk, "Lands and oceans" / III. Reimagining the Bard Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, "Ballad on the Death of a Poet" / Krystyna Lars, "Soiree at the Czar's Plenipotentiary" / Krystyna Lars, "The Military Governor Contemplates the Statue of Adam M." / Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, "A Literary Life" / Anna Piwkowska, "What Do Men Bring?" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Evaluation of an Unwritten Poem" / Joanna Mueller, "Proofreading" / Justyna Bargielska, "Avantourism" / Marta Podgornik, "death becomes her" / Krystyna Rodowska, "Old Woman Poet" / Ewa Parma, "Old women poets" / IV. The Ironic Art of Poetry Wislawa Szymborska, "The Joy of Writing" / Julia Hartwig, "The Sentence" / Agnieszka Kuciak, "Meter" / Agnieszka Kuciak, "Hawthorn" / Marzanna Bogumila Kielar, "Manuscript" / Mira Kus, "View from My Window" / Izabela Morska, "Madame Intuita" / Agnieszka Kuciak [Bionda], "Sure, I'll rent out to others all my dreams" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Stage Fright" / Ewa Lipska, "Questions at a Poetry Reading" / Ewa Lipska, "My Translators" / Urszula Koziol, "To My Poem" / Ewa Sonnenberg, "Prophecy" / Izabela Morska, "Madame Snake" / Marta Podgornik, "little use" / Urszula Koziol, "Again I Didn't Write" / V. A Gallery of Myths and Masks Agnieszka Kuciak, "Delay" / Agnieszka Kuciak, "Philomela" / Anna Piwkowska, "Phaedra" / Anna Piwkowska, "Ismene, sister of mine" / Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, "My Name is Iocasta" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Soliloquy for Cassandra" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Lot's Wife" Justyna Bargielska, "Ophelia" / Ewa Sonnenberg, "Sign of the Times" / Krystyna Rodowska, "Without Revenge" / Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz, "Cinderella of the Cinder-Blocks" / Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz, "Depths" / Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz, "The Hunt" / Izabela Morska, "Madame Intuita, Vampire-Killer, Grants an Interview" / Julia Fiedorczuk, "Madame Midas" / VI. Transitions, Transformations Anna Swir, "I Banged My Head Against the Wall" / Krystyna Lenkowska, "An Overdue Letter to a Pimply Angel" / Anna Piwkowska, "Lying on a Lawn Chair" / Julia Hartwig, "I Will Perform This Miracle for You" / Agnieszka Mirahina, "To my great-great-granddaughter" / Urszula Koziol, "For some time now..." / Krystyna Rodowska, "Mutinous Cemetery" / Krystyna Milobedzka, "strip yourself of Krystyna" / Izabela Morska, "Chrysalis" / Agnieszka Mirahina, "Perversion" / Wislawa Szymborska, "An Unexpected Meeting" / Izabela Morska, "Metamorphoses" / Krystyna Milobedzka, "I ran into myself in Bologna..." / Krystyna Dabrowska, "Where should I look from in order to see you?" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Over Wine" / Anna Piwkowska, "Blue Sweater" / VII. The Domestic Arts Urszula Koziol, "Recipe for the Meat Course" / Justyna Bargielska, "Translation" / Anna Swir, "A Woman Writer Does Laundry" / Julia Hartwig, "Escaping One's Chores" / Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo, "Strange Lady" / Ewa Parma, "A Room of One's Own" / Ewa Lipska, "Dishwasher" / Ewa Lipska, "Warranty" / Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, "Tenant" / Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo, "The House" / Izabela Morska, "Kitchen and Myths" / Agnieszka Kuciak [Mrs. K], "Parable" / Krystyna Milobedzka, "The house" / VIII. Curating Objects Julia Fiedorczuk, "Drawer" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Map" / Julia Hartwig, "Justly" / Julia Hartwig, "Inventory" / Ewa Sonnenberg, "Love Poem" / Joanna Wajs, "glove" / Ewa Chrusciel, "Ginkgo Leaves" / Ewa Chrusciel, "Incense" / Krystyna Milobedzka, "Brooches once lived in the wild..." / Mira Kus, "From the Land of Childhood" / Joanna Wajs, "under the table" / Joanna Mueller, "Etch a Sketch" / Ewa Lipska, "A Door Handle" / Wislawa Szymborska, "Negative" / Works Cited Works Consulted Notes on the poets Notes on the translators ?

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About the Author

Karen Kovacik: Karen Kovacik directs the creative writing program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She's currently editing an anthology of Polish women poets, Calling Out to Yeti. Also a poet, she's the author of three collections of poems.

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