Discover Białoszewski’s Biecz
Średniowieczny gobelin o Bieczu
Medieval tapestry about Biecz
in a rowan bunch,
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.
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