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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Julia Fiedorczuk

Julia Fiedorczuk

is a poet, writer, translator and lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Institute of English Studies.

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An Introduction to Cynthia Hogue’s “The Simple”

Reading / literature
Cynthia Hogue’s poem “The Simple” is a rejection of the temptation of absolutes.
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
Mind the climate

Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
An Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer

Reading / society
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather, talks about pursuing an environmental way of life, the power of poetry, and how he engages in constructive conversation about climate. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Goddess O’Keeffe

Goddess O’Keeffe
The Life of Georgia O’Keeffe

Magazine / culture
Georgia O’Keeffe – the first lady of the American avant-garde, the mother of American painting – deserves her place in the pantheon of women whose art made history. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Lessons in Coexistence

Reading / feuilleton
We are panicking a bit. But we are also genuinely concerned about a situation where a huge amount will depend upon whether we want to work together.
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In Search of Silence (Part II)

Reading / feuilleton
Silence is so difficult to find; even when we think we’ve found it, we still have to deal with our own internal psychological noise.
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The World Can Be Changed

Reading / feuilleton
True, it wasn’t us, but corporations that destroyed the Earth’s climate. Having said that, let’s start acting now, because there is no time to waste and no-one else will do it for us.
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An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems

Reading / literature
The poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska – who practiced her art in communist Poland – is all the more remarkable for its unabashed and serious representation of femininity.
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Julia Fiedorczuk

On Walruses

Reading / feuilleton
The nature documentary “Our Planet” portrays in shocking scenes how we, humans, are directly contributing to the suffering of animals that rely on sea ice. It is imperative that we do not become complacent about such distress.
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An Introduction to Evie Shockley’s “in this light”

Reading / literature
Evie Shockley’s poem “in this light” tackles three Impressionist paintings in a way that shows the poet’s incredible synesthetic imagination.
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Medulla
short story

Medulla

Reading / literature
A short story involving a hip café, heartache, and large lush plants, written by one of our regular contributors. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part I)

Reading / feuilleton
To our detriment, silence is in short supply. In fact, noise can be harmful to both us humans and the environment we live in.
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A Lesson in Wonder

A Lesson in Wonder
The Life of Rachel Carson

Reading / culture
In 1962, the marine biologist Rachel Carson published her seminal book on the ecological effects of pesticides, “Silent Spring”. As a result, she advanced the global environmental movement, but was unfairly discredited by her political opponents. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Jellyfish

Reading / feuilleton
An anecdote about rescuing washed-up jellyfish can teach us a broader lesson about how we might treat the environment we live in.
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An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / literature
Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Reading / literature
Charles Bernstein’s poem “The Darkness He Called Night” is typically playful and ironic, as it toys with the literal and metaphorical meanings of darkness, light and virtue.
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On Interbeing

Reading / feuilleton
Interconnectedness – the idea that everything is connected with everything else – is a pertinent example of how science can meet with poetry and spirituality.
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Reaching Out to the Stars

Reaching Out to the Stars
The Life of Maria Mitchell

Reading / science
In 1847, Maria Mitchell became the first American woman astronomer to discover a comet. Alongside her love for the stars, she was a passionate campaigner for gender equality in the sciences. Julia Fiedorczuk
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For Free

Reading / feuilleton
To look up at the marvellous, shape-shifting clouds costs nothing, but can make you feel incredibly rich.
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An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”
deep soundings

An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”

Reading / literature
Forrest Gander’s poem “Immigrant Sea” describes a sensual and intellectual encounter, which ebbs and flows across the page, just like its protagonist’s recognition of himself. Julia Fiedorczuk