By Piotr Florczyk
Barefoot is a powerfully distinctive debut, written in an engaging, attractive style, crammed full of lyrical moments that turn the expected and commonplace into something else. The poems, reflecting on the present, draw on memory, time and language with an acute awareness of the past that maps the idea of place and home.
Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator/co-translator of seven volumes of Polish poetry. His work has appeared in many journals, including The American Scholar, Times Literary Supplement, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, World Literature Today, West Branch, Poetry International, Michigan Quarterly Review and The New Yorker. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
There is a Chekhovian clarity in Piotr Florczyk’s vision. He is an original talent, attaining grace, attaining claritas. I love how an idea can be carried around like a breadcrumb in this pocket, how the sun in his work “slices the loaves of clouds.” I adore the human play here. And how can anyone not fall in love with the richness of lyricism dwelling in poems such as ‘Homeland Security’ and ‘Psalm’? But what I love most of all is this poet’s kind attentiveness towards things and people in his poems. -- Ilya Kaminsky