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Bird-Made Language - review of Nothing More

By Krystyna Miłobędzka

Translated by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese

Arc Publications
2016 Number 2 - One Thousand Suns

Review by Edwin Kelly

Krystyna Miłobędzka, Nothing More, translated by Elżbieta
Wójcik-Leese, Arc Publications, 2013

Depending on a reader’s knowledge of Polish poetry, the arrival of Nothing More may seem like a miracle. A new voice, full of maturity, nuance and daring seems to have arrived into the English language out of nowhere. Miłobędzka, born 1932, is one of Poland’...

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