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Piotr Sommer

Piotr Sommer is poet, translator, editor and essayist. He regularly gives lectures at American universities and has earned various awards.
Piotr Sommer (b. 1948) is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, including Pamiątki po nas (Keepsakes left behind, 1980), Czynnik liryczny (Lyric factor, 1986), Nowe stosunki wyrazów (New relations of words, 1997), Rano na ziemi (Morning on earth, 2009), and Dni i noce (Days and nights, 2009). He also published two books of essays on poetry and translation – Smak detalu (1995, A taste for detail) and Po stykach (2005, Contact lines) – as well as many translations from contemporary American, English and Irish poetry (including John Ashbery, John Berryman, John Cage, D.J. Enright, Jenny Holzer, Kenneth Koch, Michael Longley, Frank O’Hara, Charles Reznikoff, David Schubert, and James Schuyler). Przed snem (Before sleep, 2008) is his book of poems for children, and Ucieczka w bok. Pytania i odpowiedzi (Escaping aside: questions and answers, 2010) is a book of interviews with him. His most recent book in English is Continued (2005). He has received numerous awards including the Silesius Poetry Prize 2010 and fellowships from the National Humanities Center in North Carolina 2005, DAAD in Berlin 2008, and Whitney Humanities Center at Yale 2009. He has taught poetry at several American universities including Amherst College, Wesleyan University, University of Notre Dame, University of Richmond, University of Rochester.