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Time out for Art

Time out for Art

Time out for Art

We know the whole weight
depends on small silences
we fit ourselves into.

~Yusef Komunyakaa

As part of its America Presents program, the USA Embassy in Warsaw (Cultural Affairs Division) hosted a poetry reading by Yusef Komunyakaa, on September 12 at the Traffic Club in Warsaw (Bracka 25). Komunyakaa gave a poetry reading from his new book “Praise of Dark Places”. The book was released on September 7 in Polish by Znak Publishing House.

Traffic Club, Warsaw


Intro: Ed Kulakowski (USA Embassy),
the Poet, and Polish interpreter

Yusef Komunyakaa

In Praise of Dark Places_Komunyakaa -
Traffic Club, Warsaw, Poland (9/13/05)
[2 Minutes]

Yusef Komunyakaa was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1947. His numerous books of poems include Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (Wesleyan University Press, 2001); Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000); Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Unnatural State of the Unicorn_English_and_Polish
Komunyakaa (Traffic Club, Warsaw)
[3 minutes - satisfactory quality]

His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. In 1999 he was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Yusef Komunyakaa is a professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. He lives in New York City.

Poems read at Traffic Club:
Ode to the Maggot
The Smoke House
"You and I Are Disappearing" --Bjorn Hakansson

Praise of Dark Places
(Polish Translation)

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