Łukasz Jarosz

Poland


I was born in 1978, I never thought I would write poems. They came to me once and won’t go away. And so we co-exist; for how long – no one knows.

Łukasz Jarosz

Łukasz Jarosz (born in 1978) is a percussion player, vocalist and lyricist for bands including Lesers Bend, Chaotic Splutter, Panoptikum and Katil Ferman. He teaches Polish at a primary school and lives in the countryside near Olkusz. His first collection of poetry was Soma, published in 2006, which won first prize in the W. Gombrowicz Young Writers’ Competition. It also won the Young Cultural Foundations prize, one of whose jurors, the poet Bohdan Zadura, said of it: “A collection of muted, unpretentious poems, unobtrusively meditative and moderately narrative, telling an honest story. Here we find sensitivity and an original use of metaphor, authenticity and subtlety. Death, which is there in the background, merely underlines the beauty of the world being described.”

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