By Agnieszka Studzinska
Influenced by American poetry, What Things Are encompasses the topology of paternity and love. Its lyrical clear voice directs us to areas of familiar territory where ideas of what once was and what one is rest uneasy. Studzinska focuses on a changing world in a domestic context of marriage, children and love, and brings to light the uncertainty of what things are in a powerful yet deceptively simple dialogue.
Agnieszka Studzinska was born in Poland in 1975. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the U.E.A. She has previously worked as a freelance researcher in broadcasting, an English teacher and is now an editor of a community magazine in West London. She has previously had work published in Agenda and Wolf. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London Festival New Poetry Award 2010. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
This collection of poems deals with the naming of things: trying to make sense of relationships, mortality, one’s own place in the world. Agnieszka Studzinska’s poems are quiet but tough in approaching those difficult themes head-on. — Tamar Yoseloff
Arresting and intimate, Studzinska’s poems cast a fearless eye on the world. This is an intelligent and passionately felt book. — Deryn Rees-Jones