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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Magazine
Magazine
Magazine / culture
Stray Birds
Stray Birds
Magazine / culture

A selection of illustrated short poems, written by the great modernizer of Bengali art and culture.

Rabindranath Tagore

Reading / literature
*William Shakespeare
*William Shakespeare
Reading / literature

A poem written in the style of the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Reading / literature
*Rainer Maria Rilke
*Rainer Maria Rilke
Reading / literature

A poem written in the style of the famous Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Reading / literature
*Anna Akhmatova
*Anna Akhmatova
Reading / literature

A poem written in the style of the famous Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Reading / literature
*Jorge Luis Borges
*Jorge Luis Borges
Reading / literature

A poem written in the style of the famous Argentine writer (and poet) Jorge Luis Borges.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Reading / literature
Totentanz
Totentanz
Reading / literature

A late poem from one of the greatest Polish poets of the last century.

Tadeusz Różewicz

Reading / literature
Weather this
Weather this
Reading / literature

“Hello day, I wanted to talk to you about the weather,/ though I never stop talking about it in blood and breath.” A poem by a contemporary British poet.

Zoë Skoulding

Reading / literature
An Introduction to Zoë Skoulding’s “Weather this”
An Introduction to Zoë Skoulding’s “Weather this”
Reading / literature

Zoë Skoulding’s poem “Weather this” is both playful and serious, teasing out a meditation on how we perceive the natural world.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Magazine / culture
A Poetic Hurricane
A Poetic Hurricane
Magazine / culture

The American poet Amanda Gorman recently made headlines with her poem at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Her work promises an exciting future.

Bartosz Wójcik

Reading / society
Miłosz Artefact
Miłosz Artefact
Reading / society

Czesław Miłosz’s poem “And the City Stood in Its Brightness” deals with loss. It also allows us to reflect on solastalgia, or environmental grief.

Anna Mitchell

Reading / literature
Sculptures for the Blind
Sculptures for the Blind
Reading / literature

“The blind view sculptures with their fingers.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Reading / culture
Independent of Everyone
Independent of Everyone
Reading / culture

Israeli poet Agi Mishol talks about old age, her family’s memories of Europe, and the role of nature in poetry.

Paulina Małochleb

Reading / culture
Our Sisters’ Auntie
Our Sisters’ Auntie
Reading / culture

Alaiza Pashkevich – also known as ‘Auntie’ – was the first female Belarusian poet. She was also a revolutionary who fought for her country’s language and cultural identity.

Marta Panas-Goworska i Andrzej Goworski

Reading / literature
funeral
funeral
Reading / literature

“to dust you won’t return / not quite.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Ida Dzik

Reading / culture
Nature Is Not Nice
Nature Is Not Nice
Reading / culture

Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”.

Aleksandra Lipczak

Reading / literature
Isle of Two Volcanoes
Isle of Two Volcanoes
Reading / literature

“In its crater, instead of magma, / the green chill of a lake.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Reading / literature
The Simple
The Simple
Reading / literature

“The women cluster at the cathedral,/ hair in careful bouffant helmets/ armored and elegant, poised to herd/ purposefully/ into Mystery.” A poem by a contemporary American poet.

Cynthia Hogue

Reading / literature
An Introduction to Cynthia Hogue’s “The Simple”
An Introduction to Cynthia Hogue’s “The Simple”
Reading / literature

Cynthia Hogue’s poem “The Simple” is a rejection of the temptation of absolutes.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / literature
Day at the Anatomy Museum
Day at the Anatomy Museum
Reading / literature

“gorgeous guys don’t go about in massive jars— / a thought the Anatomy Museum refutes.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Tomasz Pietrzak

Reading / literature
De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
Reading / literature

“I was eight or nine when knowledge’s two sides, / both ends of the telescope, resolved in my heart.” A poem by an award-winning Polish poet, novelist and translator.

Jacek Dehnel

Reading / literature
climate psalm
climate psalm
Reading / literature

“in a former life / I crammed ripe blueberries into my mouth.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Ida Dzik

Reading / literature
Two Romanian Poems
Two Romanian Poems
Reading / literature

“I am a Hawaian swimmer. Fisherman / drawn to stories, angel fish, currents.” Two poems by Romanian poet Ștefan Manasia.

Ștefan Manasia

Reading / literature
Magnet
Magnet
Reading / literature

“They didn’t live together, which meant / they had two fridges for their growing collection / of magnets.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Reading / literature
Two Poems
Two Poems
Reading / literature

“You impregnated me and I gave birth to pearls. / Authentic. Look.” Two poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) about an older woman’s Eros.

Anna Świrszczyńska

Reading / literature
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.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / literature
in this light
in this light
Reading / literature

“...a painter provides a season, / a setting, and an oil-thick frame of mind.” A poem by an American great.

Evie Shockley

Reading / literature
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.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / literature
Confession
Confession
Reading / literature

“They shriek and compete / for who has the most sins.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Reading / culture
Why After All This One and Not the Rest?
Why After All This One and Not the Rest?
Reading / culture

Wisława Szymborska is mostly known across the world for her poetry. Yet the Nobel Prize winner had another talent up her sleeve - since the 1970s, she’d been making witty collages pasted to postcards.

Adam Zdrodowski

Reading / literature
Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016
Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016
Reading / literature

A poem by Scottish poet Gordon Meade from his Zoospeak series, which attempts to give voice to animals living in captivity.

Gordon Meade

Reading / literature
Voices
Voices
Reading / literature

“And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Reading / literature
glove
glove
Reading / literature

“a woman in a red jacket / picked up a glove from the snow…” A poem by a contemporary Polish writer.

Joanna Wajs

Reading / literature
always
always
Reading / literature

“twenty-five years later, I spit blood into the tub...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.

Urszula Honek

Reading / literature
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.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / literature
Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising
Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising
Reading / literature

“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”.

Anna Świrszczyńska

Reading / literature
raw material
raw material
Reading / literature

“I can’t teach you to tell polymer from mesoglea...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.

Anna Adamowicz

Reading / literature
The Darkness He Called Night
The Darkness He Called Night
Reading / literature

“Virtue’s a kind / of despair, / masquerading as care.” A poem by a leading American ‘Language poet’.

Charles Bernstein

Reading / literature
An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”
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.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / literature
alamo
alamo
Reading / literature

“And also her lips, a chilly shade of pink, the scar / above her right eye.” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.

Magdalena Gałkowska

Magazine / culture
The Spa Town and the Summer Resort
The Spa Town and the Summer Resort
Magazine / culture

To the south-east of Warsaw lie two vacation towns: Otwock and Świder. Popular through the first half of the 20th century, both destinations have recently been enjoying a local revival.

Renata Senktas

Reading / literature
A Trip To Świder
A Trip To Świder
Reading / literature

“Are you going to Świder? / Because I’m going to Świder.” A poem by a “Przekrój” favourite.

Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński

Reading / literature
A Playful Nostalgia for a Lost World
A Playful Nostalgia for a Lost World
Reading / literature

The translators of “A Trip to Świder” introduce Gałczyński’s poem, and describe the relevance of its setting – a one-time suburban summer resort with a distinct architectural style.

Renata Senktas & Christopher Reid

Reading / literature
Immigrant Sea
Immigrant Sea
Reading / literature

“The way / he searches out her face, he searches out himself”. A poem by the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner.

Forrest Gander

Reading / literature
An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”
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

Reading / literature
it’s only sunday
it’s only sunday
Reading / literature

“those are your Sunday rules / that you kill the rooster...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a young Polish poet.

Antonina Małgorzata Tosiek

Magazine / society
Sorrow and Pain, Torment and Martyrdom
Sorrow and Pain, Torment and Martyrdom
Magazine / society

In the early 1920s, Taduesz Peiper was one of Poland’s leading avant-garde poets. 30 years later, he was ostracized by his peers as his mental health spiralled into decline.

Mikołaj Gliński

Magazine / culture
Waiting for the facts
Waiting for the facts
Magazine / culture

“I slept the whole day. As if submerged.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Wojciech Bonowicz