In the second lecture devoted to a group of poets known as the "New Wave" or "Generation 68," who emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s in response to specific sociopolitical conditions, Jaroslaw Anders continues to discuss their common preoccupations and individual poetic voices that shaped the literary and political sensibilities in the last decades of communism in Poland. Hardly limited to political or social subjects, the poems explored the whole range of experience of their contemporaries, while bearing the indelible mark of their collective condition. Their poetry absorbed and transformed the realities of their time into a rich fabric of references that remain relevant until the present day.
Dedicated to the memory of Adam Zagajewski
Jaroslaw Anders is a freelance writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose (Yale: Yale University Press, 2009) and numerous articles in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and other publications. He has translated several books from English into Polish and from Polish into English. In the past, he served as a writer and broadcaster for the Voice of America and worked in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State. He lives in Washington, D.C.