Andrzej Sosnowski was born in Warsaw in 1959. A poet, translator, and essayist, he studied and later taught at the University of Warsaw. His collections include Life in Korea, Nouvelles impressions d’Amérique, A Season in Hel, Convoy. Opera, and Zoom. He has translated many American and English poets, including Ezra Pound, Ronald Firbank, and Edmund White, and he has received many literary prizes, including the Kosćielski Foundation Prize and the Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna Prize.
Benjamin Paloff (translator)
Benjamin Paloff is the author of The Politics, and has translated several books from Polish—most recently, Marek Bienczyk's Transparency. He edits poetry and criticism at Boston Review and teaches at the University of Michigan. His poems have appeared in New Republic, Paris Review, and elsewhere.
Lodgings is the first representative selection of Andrzej Sosnowski's work available in English. Spanning his entire career, from the publication of Life in Korea in 1992 to his newest poems, this is a book whose approach to language, literature, and the representation of experience is simultaneously resonant and strange—a cocktail party where lowlifes and sophisticates hobnob with French theorists and British glam rockers, unsettling us with the hard accuracy of their pronouncements.
One of the foremost Polish poets of his generation, Sosnowski demonstrates in his work a dazzling range of influences and echoes, from Ronald Firbank and Raymond Roussel to John Ashbery and Elizabeth Bishop. Also an influential editor and critic, he has received most of the literary honors available to poets in Poland, including the prestigious Silesius Prize.Lodgings: Selected Poems 1987-2010