Karolina Zapal

Karolina Zapal is an itinerant poet, essayist, translator, and author of two books: Notes for Mid-Birth (Inside the Castle, 2019) and Polalka (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). As an immigrant and activist writer, she writes frequently about her native Poland, languages, borders, and women’s rights. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Inverted Syntax, Tupelo Quarterly, The Seventh Wave, and others. She is translating Halina Poświatowska's poetry into English with her partner, Ryan Mihaly. She was the Anselm Hollo Fellow at Naropa University from 2015-2017.

5 Halina Poświatowska Translations by Karolina Zapal and Ryan Mihaly

(women are prized for their beauty) women are prized for their beauty men for the shadow of their long lashes and poets for hiding flocks of aquamarine emotions in a word oblong night — under a kneecap moon the poets …

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