Discover Białoszewski’s Biecz

Średniowieczny gobelin o Bieczu

W zielonym wzgórzu
utkali gotykiem
gród
złotników
pasamoników
białoskórników

Czerwone figury
szły na najznamienitsze mury:
…bramy krojone w łuki
od spodu
baszty kołem wypukłe
od czuba,
cynobry obronne na zrębie,
dzwonnica zakrzepła
w kiście jarzębin,
między małą jarzębiną Barbary
a kwadratami wschodzącymi
nad kwadraty
w attyce Fary
szczyt szkoły chirurgów
i szczyt szkoły katów
niby zęby we krwi
szkarłatnej;
Wreszcie – serce Biecza –
wieża ratuszowa
najwyższa i najbledsza.

Tkali gród na wzgórzu,
tkali gród średniowieczny…

(…)

Miron Białoszewski

Medieval tapestry about Biecz

On a green hill
they weaved
a borough with Gothic
a borough for goldsmiths
tailors
clad in white skins

 Red figures
 mounted walls the loftiest:
 ... gates carved into arches
 round the bottom
towers bulged their girth
down from the crest,
vermilion valiant cloaked the edifice,
with the bell tower brought to a standstill

 in a rowan bunch,
 between small Barbara’s rowanberry
and squares rising
 above the squares
 in the attic of the temple
the rooftop above the surgeons’ school
 and top of class of executioners’ school
 like teeth in scarlet
 blood;
 At long last – the heart of Biecz -
 the town hall tower
the highest and the palest.

Weaving the borough atop the hill,
they weaved a medieval keep...

 

(...)

 

The poem, which we present here, comes from the debut volume of Białoszewski’s poems entitled Obroty rzeczy [How things revolve] from 1956. The works that made up this volume were created during the years 1952–1955 during the outings made by the poet together with his long-time friend and life partner, painter Leszek Soliński, in the vicinity of the Low Beskids, Bieszczady and Krosno. Apart from the cited Medieval tapestry about Biecz the works included in Obroty rzeczy were also the ones inspired by the area such as Barbara z Harczowa, Ballada krośnieńska or the Stara pieśń nad Binnarową which has been repeatedly interpreted. Białoszewski was fascinated by the unpolluted landscape, extensive space, characteristic architecture of minuscule Orthodox and Catholic churches and folk customs of the local inhabitants. Initially, the volume was to be called “Binnarówki”, but Arthur Sandauer, who lent his name for Białoszewski’s debut, considered this title too regional. However, it is worth remembering the poet’s original intention and look at Biecz and its surroundings with delighted eyes, find places that he writes about in his own “particular” way.

Elaborated by: Editorial team of Małopolskas Virtual Museums,
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