On the Crossroads of Asia and Europe
Tomasz Jastrun, translated by Daniel Bourne
On the soldiers' shoulders
As long as the Afghan people
We cry out
Those breathing freedom
After us will be neither scrap metal
When someone knocks on the door
Thirteen of us still not released
And we the living
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"A friend and fellow writer, speaking in reference to contemporary poetry, remarked to me not long ago that the true poets are not those in search of something to write about, but those whose subjects have discovered them. I find this confirmed in reading the poems of Tomasz Jastrun." -John Haines
"Here at last we have a generous selection of Tomasz Jastrun's poems and prose chronicling the disintegration of Poland, and celebrating the unlikely survival of the human spirit. We have Daniel Bourne to thank for guiding these poems into English." -John Witte, Editor, Northwest Review
"Deep gratitude to Daniel Bourne and Salmon Run Press for making available in English the profoundly moving voice of Polish writer, Tomasz Jastrun. This is crucial, empowering work." -Naomi Shihab Nye
On the Crossroads of Asia and Europecollects the poetry and satirical prose of Polish writer Tomasz Jastrun, winner of the 1983 "S Prize" from Underground Solidarity for his poetry during Poland's martial law period in the early 1980's.
Daniel Bourne teaches at The College of Wooster (Ohio), where he edits Artful Dodge, a journal of new American writing and literature in translation. Since 1980 he has been a frequent visitor to Poland, including on a 1985-87 Fulbright fellowship for translation work with younger Polish writers.
Salmon Run Press is one of only two Native American-Owned Publishing houses in America. Its titles are distributed internationally in the US, Canada, England, and Australia. Each year since 1991, Salmon Run has sponsored the National Poetry Book Award, of which On the Crossroads of Asia and Europe was the selection for 1998.
138pp / Paperback / $10.00 ISBN 1-887573-05-4