Branches of a House
From a Conradian vantage point on the banks of the Thames to Lodz’s Piotrkowska Ulicia, the longest street in Europe, Agnieszka Studzińska calibrates her seeing on history’s ruins making their way into the private intimacies of home and the unhomely. The architecture of fragments—of bones, of the conversations with grandmothers, husbands, children, and the overheard violences of strangers—takes up Blanchot’s call to unwork silence, to arrive at a new language. Stunningly deft and formally alive, these poems at every turn metamorphose a self to deliver, unforgettably, on that very promise of newness. Sandeep Parmar
What Things Are
“A subtle and beautiful collection in which – poem by poem – the possibility of true knowledge is tested. Intimate and attentive, each poem returns to the question of what we can know of the world and each other”. Michael Symmons Roberts
“A sparrow in a new corner of the garden, looking -’ the line describes the poet’s son, but might well stand for the closely observant and unexpected ways Agnieszka Studzinska’s poems describe the world. There is care for language everywhere in What Things Are. Each poem seems to be a building block in a personal story of love, parenthood and family, giving this collection a narrative energy and reflecting how we treasure and take care of those around us”. Hannah Lowe
“This collection of poems deals with the naming of things: trying to make sense of relationships, mortality,one’s own place in the world. Agnieszka Studzinska’s poems are quiet but tough in approaching those difficult themes head-on”. Tamar Yoseloff
“In Agnieszka Studzinska’s spacious poems, the precision and uncertainty of nature invoke the fragility of what it is to be human, what it is to love”. Anne-Marie Fyfe
“Agnieszka Studzinska’s poems convey the strangeness and freshness of the world, as if it were inscribed on memory or out of memory onto language sharp enough yet transparent enough to let us see and feel it”. George Szirtes
Living with Other People – Corrupted Editions
Living with other people – it sounds so simple. It’s what humans do, day in, day out. Yet it’s fraught with misunderstandings, miscalculations, misreadings and mistakes. Even our own actions and behaviour can feel mysterious to us, difficult to comprehend.
When we decided on the theme for our first anthology, in March 2022, the world had started to call itself ‘post-pandemic’, Russia had recently invaded Ukraine, the cost of living was already climbing and the political situation in dozens of countries, including our own, was already more than troubling. Living with other people, taken from Anne Carson’s words in ‘The Anthropology of Water,’ seemed an appropriate window for us to examine pain and wounds, as well as the language we use to soothe them – and tear them open again.
A Personal History of Home – Anthology
The home that built us by Aishwarya.
I lost my home and I never lived in it. I can’t recall spending a single night there, not one uninterrupted stretch of twenty-four hours, but for twenty-eight years of my life, it was home to me. It was home to my mother, my uncle, my aunt, my grandparents, my great- uncle, my great-grandparents. It was home to various relatives who stayed over the years, whose names I never knew; to dogs, big and small, who lived and died there, their identities so inseparable from it that they became one with its soil; to a priceless Japanese screen, generations of tweed coats and an interstitial afternoon light that made time stand still.
Seen As Read – Anthology
Seen as Read is an ambitious anthology of visual poetries that erases the line between viewer and reader. From stitches to typesetting, beeswax to periodic tables, handwritten abstraction to puzzling collages, this anthology amazes, amuses, and articulates ambiguity with a precision only visual poetry can. Emerging from a series of online programs run by SJ Fowler during the global lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, Seen as Read reaches far beyond the context of its conception, celebrating original work by nearly 40 poets across the world. It explores concrete poetry, asemic writing, photo poetry, conceptual literature and much more. It is a book made of poems alive even before they’re read, remaking visible language before the viewers very eyes.
Shearsman Magazine (2021 forthcoming) Spring and Area
Gutter (2021 forthcoming ) Dear Ghost (I)
Butcher’s Dog (2020) Blue
Finished Creatures Magazine (2020) Flamingo
The Manhattan Review (2019) Foundations
The Long Poem Magazine (2018) Winged Narratives
Agenda vol 44/vol 45 No1
Review of Valzhyna Mort in Wolf Magazine
Review of Gail Ashton for Eyewear Publishing
Mslexia issue 67 2015 – [Poem Up Close)]