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Issue Details: First known date: 1963... 1963 Opowieść pustynna
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This work is a sequence of poems, some titled, some not, which reads in parts like an extended poem. The first, untitled poem in 5 numbered parts seems to be spoken in the voice of the poet, referring to experiences working in hospitals and living in an unnamed Australian city. The remainder of the sequence, an untitled poem in 7 unnumbered untitled parts that include within them 4 titled poems, is spoken by a group of Aboriginal Australians travelling through dry country in search of water. The place name Tickalara and other Aboriginal words used suggest Queensland, but also South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. One poem within this longer poem, titled 'Snake's Song/Lizard's Song/Water Lily's Song/Other Animals' Song/Nomadic Tribe's Song', consists almost entirely of words in an unnamed Aboriginal language or languages, including 'Apa', 'Wirrawa' and 'Urramaruna', which the poet admits (in his own voice, in parentheses) to finding at random in a 'cheap dictionary'.

Notes

  • English translation of the title: Desert Tale

Includes

Untitled i "Na krokodylej skórze ziemi pęknięcia i rysy. Kamienie", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 81-84)
Untitled i "Jaszczurka drga w rozpędzie dobiega do kępy traw", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 85)
Akwarela i "Rude pole czerwony pył czerwone pole", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 85)
Śpiew łabędzi i "Jesteśmy nad wielką wodą i czyste stoi powietrze", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 88)
Pieśń węża/Pieśń jaszczurki/Pieśń wodnej lilii/Pieśń innych zwierząt/Pieśń koczowniczego szczepu i "Apa Aakie Gabba Ipi", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 89)
Portret człowieka i "Jasny świat światło arca przeźroczystość", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 87)
Wyznanie i "Chwilami myślę że cisza", Zdzisław Marek , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wiersze zebrane 1963; (p. 84)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: Polish
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Wiersze zebrane Zdzisław Marek , London : Oficyna Poetów i Malarzy , 1963 Z1901429 1963 selected work poetry London : Oficyna Poetów i Malarzy , 1963 pg. 79-89
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