Stanislaw Barahczak, poet and essayist, was born in 1946 in Poznan, Poland. He studied at Adam Mickieivicz University in Poznan and received a doctorate in Polish literature in 1973. He was one of the cofounders of KOR in 1976 and a coeditor of Zapis and Krytyka, two of the most influential independent publications. In 1977 he was fired from his teaching position at the university in Poznan and was without work for three years until pressure from the Solidarity movement caused his reinstatement in 1980. His poetry, including I Know This Is Not Right (1977) and A Triptych of Cement, Weariness, and Snow (1981), blends social concerns with linguistic experiment. Translations of his poetry can be found in Czeslaw Milosz’s Post-War Polish Poetry and his essays have appeared in the New Republic, Encounter, and Tri-Quarterly. He is now teaching Polish language and literature at Harvard. Something of a nonperson and unpoet in prese...
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