White Pine Press | Poetry | Paperback
Translator Karen Kovacik received a 2011 NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation and a 2004-5 Fulbright Research Grant to Poland. Her translation of Agnieszka Kuciak’s Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist appeared from White Pine in 2013, longlisted for the National Translation Award in 2014. Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she’s the author of the poetry collections Beyond the Velvet Curtain and Metropolis Burning.
Wow! What a book! The tradition of women’s writing that flows out of the work of Symborska and Anna Świr — the way this mighty tradition turns in the hands of a younger generation from the traumatic history of their country to a poetics of everyday life, of play, and experiment. An absolutely rich and appealing book.”
“These cosmopolitan, multilingual poets speak to us across the decades, overcoming a great silence, redirecting the myths, reimagining the role of the poet, and the nature of poetry itself. Scattering the Dark is a useful, subversive, even necessary anthology.”
“Scattering the Dark is a stock of human condition so polyphonic that it’s hard to believe all the poems collected here were written in one single country and language. This is a passionate, mournful, erotic book of astonished lives.”
— Valzhyna Mort