Julia Fiedorczuk

Poland


Julia Fiedorczuk (b. 1975) is a poet associated with the ecological and biologistic trend in contemporary Polish literature. Julia herself defines her poetry as a turn towards the non-human, the bodily, the materialistic. She developed this thought further in one of her interviews: “What I find ideal is poetry striking a conversation with other disciplines of science (such as biology), poetry, which is hospitable – open to a broad range of beings and emotions, while simultaneously humble, weighing words. Therefore, my masters include not only (numerous!) poets, but also scientists, because they, too, have to look at the world as if they are seeing it for the very first time”. For her debut Listopad nad Narwią (November on the Narew, 2000), the poet was awarded the prize of the Polish Society of Book Publishers. Poems from her book “Bio” (2004), which were also published in German in the manuskripte journal, won her the Austrian Hubert Burda prize (2005).

Psalms – her latest poetry book published in 2017 – speak up for those people who are excluded, but also for the plants, animals, and landscapes. They perform the work of mourning for those who died during the last events of the creeping global war, but also for those species and ecosystems that have become irrevocably lost. Just like the Psalms of David, these are poems sometimes written from the depths of the abyss, in a situation which often seems to be hopeless, and yet they celebrate life in all its dimensions and are full of gratitude. Psalms attempt to put together the Biblical poetics with the languages of our own times (academic language, the jargon of the mass media, and the Internet) and to recover, to renew the meanings of the basic words, following the author’s belief that the current crisis (political, economic, but above all the ecological one) is closely related to the crisis of language.

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