Embodying the Poetry of Wisława Szymborska

09/12/2019 - 7:00pm

About the Event

"Embodying the Poetry of Wisława Szymborska" is a theatrical poetry event performed by Open Heart Surgery Theatre. The evening will feature live music and excerpts from their US premiere of This Is Why We Live, opening September 19th at La MaMa, along with a discussion on Szymborska’s work led by Columbia professor Anna Frajlich. 

Please note: admission to this event requires either a purchase of one of the books below OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 

About the Performers

Open Heart Surgery Theatre was founded in 2014 and is an international theatre ensemble based in Toronto and London, UK. We comprise of a mixture of performers including Butoh and Lecoq-trained theatre makers whose interests lie in intercultural work that engages audiences in a visceral experience, often experimenting with multiple languages on stage and form. We take an interdisciplinary approach to theatre making: merging live music, media and dance to create original theatre that opens the heart and speaks about relevant material that reflects who we are today. Led by Parsi-Irish Canadian theatre maker, Coleen Shirin MacPherson, we create work that stretches across borders and boundaries, often merging diverse cultures to create new work.  We like to dangle across the hyphenated space in our work, through experimentation with language and form.

About Anna Frajlich 

Anna Frajlich (a.k.a Anna Frajlich-Zajac) has lived in New York since 1970, after emigrating from Poland with her husband and son in 1969 with the Jewish "exodus." She received her MA from Warsaw University in the Polish literature, and defended her Ph.D. dissertation in the Slavic Department of the New York University in 1990. Her poetry, reviews, articles and essays have been published in various journals in Poland, the United States, and Europe. Frajlich is a Sr. Lecturer Emerita at the Department of Slavic Languages and Associate Faculty Member, Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York City, where she has taught Polish language and
literature for over three decades.

View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156002165
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - May 26th, 1995

From one of Europe’s most prominent and celebrated poets, a collection remarkable for its graceful lyricism. With acute irony tempered by a generous curiosity, Szymborska documents life’s improbability as well as its transient beauty to capture the wonder of existence. Preface by Mark Strand.


Here Cover Image
By Wislawa Szymborska, Clare Cavanagh (Translated by), Stanislaw Baranczak (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780547592091
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Published: Mariner Books - August 7th, 2012

An exciting collection of poems by Wislawa Szymborska. When Here was published in Poland, reviewers marveled, “How is it that she keeps getting better?” These twenty-seven poems, as rendered by prize-winning translators Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak, are among her greatest ever.


Poems New and Collected Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780156011464
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - November 16th, 2000

Described by Robert Hass as "unquestionably one of the great living European poets" and by Charles Simic as "one of the finest poets living today," Szymborska mesmerizes her readers with poetry that captivates their minds and captures their hearts.


$5 admission voucher to this event at our BROOKLYN store. Your voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.