Ewa Lipska was born in Cracow in 1945 and presently has returned to
live there. Lipska has won the Koscielski Prize (1973), the Polish PEN
Club award for her literary contribution (1993), the Jurzykowski Foundation
Prize (1993) and more recently, the ‘Wawrzyn Literacki’ (2002) for the
best book of the year for ‘Sklepy zoologiczne’ (Shops For Pets) and the
‘Odra Prize’ in 2004.
Collections of her verse have been translated into 15 languages; among
others English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German Hebrew and Swedish.
Ewa Lipska has published 14 books of poetry, beginning with her 1967
[Poems] and most recently, Gdzie Indziej [Somewhere Else].
Originally identified to some extent with the ‘New Wave’ of poets in
the late 1960’s, Lipska’s work has always in some form carried an integral
concern for the individual’s fate in the immediate world around him coupled
with an exploration of man’s emotional interior. Recognised as one of Poland’s
major poets, Lipska’s poetry is a vital contribution to literary sensibilities
and literature in general with its innovative use of simple language to
create new forms of reasoning the world within and without.
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