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Colonies book cover
Tomasz Rozycki/ Trans. Mira Rosenthal

Tomasz Różycki’s sixth book of poetry, Colonies, is an exploration of collective memory in fiercely exacting poems. The book’s seventy-seven sonnets, here translated from Polish by Mira Rosenthal, give a feel for the poet’s obsession with form and fixation on the historical legacy of Central Europe—preoccupations that have fueled his work from the beginning and marked him as a true successor to an extraordinary literary tradition. Różycki has developed a distinctive personal poetic voice that both embraces and questions the literary legacy of poets writing in the twenty-first century.