I have been writing poems and stories from the time I could hold my pen and write letters. I was also fascinated by and immersed in the world of fairytales and legends. I sometimes believed I lived in a fairytale. After all, I had the privilege of traveling between two worlds, one of the grey, communist Poland where I was born, and the other more welcoming and colorful world of Western Europe. My fairytale ended abruptly when my father died. I was 11.5
I kept writing, although for a couple of years I was at a loss for words to express my feelings. I was trying to find myself and find my voice. I became a pretty quiet and withdrawn teen, not depressed but deep in thought most of the time. While I was lost in my own thoughts, I went for a field trip with my high school classmates. Since we studied Polish Romanticism at the time, our teacher took us to the museum of Adam Mickiewicz, one of my favorite Polish poets of that literary period. And the time stopped for me. I was so much in awe of his life and his story that I left all my reminiscing behind. When I walked out of the museum, I was a different, happier person, a version of myself that had been lost along with my father. I suddenly noticed the “little things” happening around me: my wonderful classmates, the sun, our great teacher. From that moment on, I started paying attention to the everyday beauty surrounding me.
And so in my twenties, I did pay tribute to beauty, mostly in my poems. This sentiment was hightened by the trips that my soulmate and I made to many poorer countries, where we met people who had endured so much more than we did, and who were grateful for their lives and graceful toward others.
Traveling the world also made me aware of and sensitive to various socio-cultural taboos, and I added their exposure to my repertoire of topics closest to my heart. In 2010 I published a novel, Breaking the Silence: A story in paintings, about the censorship of arts and gay relationships in the postwar, communist Poland.
Currently, I am working on “Life in Footnotes,” a memoir based on the poems I had written over the years. Contrary to the current literary theories, I believe that the context in which the poem was written is of crucial importance to the interpretation of the poems. I also believe that our lives, even when they appear to be as insignificant as footnotes, contribute, in various ways, to making our shared world a better and happier place. The book shall be ready by summer, so do stay in touch on FB, Twitter or the blog.
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