PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
PN Review Prize winners announced
Carcanet Press and PN Review are delighted to announce the winners of the first ever PN Review Prize. read more
Most Read... Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing
‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing

(PN Review 236)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Kei MillerIn the Shadow of Derek Walcott
1930–2017

(PN Review 235)
Kate BinghamPuddle
(PN Review 236)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Gratis Ad 2
Next Issue CELEBRATING JOHN ASHBERY Contributors include Mark Ford, Marina Warner, Jeremy Over, Theophilus Kwek, Sam Riviere, Luke Kennard, Philip Terry,Agnes Lehoczky, Emily Critchley, Oli Hazard and others Miles Champion The Gold Standard Rebecca Watts The Cult of the Noble Amateur Marina Tsvetaeva ‘My desire has the features of a woman’: Two Letters translated by Christopher Whyte Iain Bamforth Black and White

This interview is taken from PN Review 26, Volume 8 Number 6, July - August 1982.

A Poet of Exact Meaning (interview) Marek Oramus


Marek Oramus. -Are you aware of the fact that in Poland you practically don't exist? I've been to a public library and haven't found any of your books. It's a long time since your works appeared in bookshops, and your plays are not being staged. You are frequently published abroad where you enjoy greater popularity than in your own country. I hear there are Mr Cogito clubs in America.


There is a periodical in America called Mr Cogito, but I haven't heard of any clubs. You must have confused me with Playboy. I know I do not exist in Poland but I cannot help it. I don't plead with publishers or cultural policy-makers. They know, or at least should know, what they are doing.


You left Poland in 1976 and returned in 1980. Historic dates. Is this significant or was it coincidence?


It was and it wasn't. I had an invitation that made the journey possible. I did not quite know what to do here. If you write, you want to be published. Such is the unfortunate characteristic of the profession. Then the time comes when you are not published and people are not even allowed to utter your name. Well, you feel you've got to do something with your life instead of just doing nothing and, as we put it, picking your nose or, worse, blaming fortune.


Now that you ...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image