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Polish Futurism Revisited: Anatol Stern and his Post-War Poetry Recording

Aleksandra Kremer
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 111, No. 1 (January 2016), pp. 208-226
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.111.1.0208
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.111.1.0208
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Abstract

The vocal performance of poetry played an important role in the practices of European Futurism. Although Polish Futurist recitation was never recorded in the 1920s, there is a forgotten post-war vinyl record which features a Warsaw Futurist poet, Anatol Stern, reading his 1924 poem ‘Kraj’ (‘Country’). The text comes from the end of the Polish movement, and like Stern's later poems, it is a self-critical revision of the typical Polish Futurist poetic landscape: exotic, erotic, and aggressive. The poem and its post-war performance express feelings and reactions that the characters within the poem are unable to translate into coherent speech.

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