Author Archives: Mira Rosenthal

Translations, translations, translations!

I’m very happy to share a number of new translations that have appeared recently, all from Tomasz Różycki’s Litery (which I am working my way through translating in its entirety–all 99 poems!). The Center for the Art of Translation presented an online … Continue reading

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Voicing a Voice: A Translation and an Essay at Kenyon Review

Check out the latest issue of Kenyon Review Online for my essay in questions, “Voicing a Voice,” which explores ideas of power, originality, performance, and what we mean when we talk about the translator’s voice in the translated text. Eternal gratitude and … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Tomasz Różycki

I’ve been translating the poetry of Polish author Tomasz Różycki for over a decade now. We first met in 2004—an auspicious year for both of us. I was on a creative writing Fulbright Fellowship in Kraków, an experience that would … Continue reading

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Two Sonnets in Faultline

I’m so pleased to have two new sonnets in the latest issue of Faultline. Thanks to the editors for including them! One recalls the victory garden at Civic Center in San Francisco, circa 2008. The other ruminates on the history of SF’s … Continue reading

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Pleasure or Business?

And I answer, “No. I’m in Poland for the poetry.” But over beers in a basement filled with blue shadows caught on the crumbling brick baleen of the wall, strangers keep claiming, “I’m related to you.” […] You can read … Continue reading

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Contemporary Polish Poets: Portraits and Places

The High Window has just published an excellent portfolio of contemporary Polish poetry called “Portraits and Places,” which includes my translations of work by Krystyna Dąbrowska and Tomasz Różycki. Here’s the fabulous full lineup: Justyna Bargielska • Wojciech Bonowicz • Krystyna … Continue reading

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“Immigrant Alembic” in North American Review

It seems only fitting that my poem about the “American norm” would be published by the North American Review, the oldest literary magazine in the United States. Along with my sonnet “Immigrant Alembic,” which thinks about American identity as a process … Continue reading

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“Phantom” in Guernica

Many thanks to the editors at Guernica for publishing my translation of Tomasz Różycki’s poem “Phantom” from his most recent collection, Letter by Letter. Now to translate the other 98 poems!  

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A Poem and an Interview

I’m so happy to have my poem “Sublet, Pay-Later System,” which touches on issue of housing and identity theft, in the latest issue of Subtropics. Thank you to Ange Mlinko for publishing it and to Stephanie Maniaci for the wonderful conversation that … Continue reading

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“For the self / needs to be taken to the core now / and then…”

…needs the world to be a little dirty and dark, below the surface, steeped in cheap vodka, breath reeking, voice slurring names over a broken intercom that garbles human speech, reducing to hum places you could go but don’t. You … Continue reading

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