Who Is a Poeta poet is one who writes versesand one who does not write versesa poet is one who throws off fettersand one who puts fetters on himselfa poet is one who believesand one who cannot bring himself to believea poet is one who has told liesand one who has been told liesone who has been inclined to falland one who raises himselfa poet is one who tries to leaveand one who cannot leave
Translated from the Polish by Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. Maguire
Rozewicz, Tadeusz. "Who Is a Poet" The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
What Mr. Cogito Thinks About HellThe lowest circle of hell. Contrary to popular opinion it is inhabited neither by despots nor matricides, nor even by those who go after the bodies of others. It is the refuge of artists, full of mirrors, musical instruments, and pictures. At first glance this is the most luxurious infernal department, without tar, fire, or physical tortures.Throughout the year competitions, festivals, and concerts are held here. There is no climax in the season. The climax is permanent and almost absolute. Every few months new trends come into being and nothing, it appears, is capable of stopping the triumphant march of the avant-garde.Beelzebub loves art. He boasts that already his choruses, his poets, and his painters are nearly superior to those of heaven. He who has better art has better government -- that's clear. Soon they will be able to measure their strength against one another at the Festival of the Two Worlds. And then we will see what remains of Dante, Fra Angelico, and Bach.Beelzebub supports the arts. He provides his artists with calm, good board, and absolute isolation from hellish life.
Translated from the Polish by John Carpenter and Bogdana Carpenter
Herbert, Zbigniew. "What Mr. Cogito Thinks About Hell" The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.