Anna Swirszczynska

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Anna Swirszczynska (also known as Anna Swir) was a Polish poet whose works deal with themes, including her experiences during World War II, motherhood, the female body, and sensuality.

Swirszczynska was born in Warsaw and grew up in poverty as the daughter of an artist. She began publishing her poems in the 1930s. During the Nazi occupation of P ...
Popular Poems
1.
The Second Madrigal
A night of love
exquisite as a
concert from old Venice
played on exquisite instruments.
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2.
He Was Lucky
The old man
leaves his house, carries books.
A German soldier snatches his books
flings them in the mud.
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3.
The Same Inside
Walking to your place for a love fest
I saw at a street corner
an old beggar women.
I took her hand,
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4.
The Ghetto: A Mother
Cuddling in the arms her half-asphyxiated baby, howling,
she ran up the staircase of the apartment building that was set ablaze.
From the first floor to the second.
From the second to the third.
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5.
The Sea And The Man
You will not tame this sea
either by humility or rapture.
But you can laugh
in its face.
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Susan Betts 27 January 2012
More poems by this author please.
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Susan Betts 27 January 2012
I love all the 7 poems of Anna Swirszcynska on this website. I would really like to be able to find some more.
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