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demand it courageously - julia hartwig

There is a never a wrong time to encounter this poem. to be reminded of the primordial impulse for a kind of acknowledgement of identity, to remember freedom. I can almost hear the quiet but firm resounding voice of the "Grand dame of Polish Poetry" (Milosz, & the Polish president) as her words shine with the grain of experience. With a direct personal experience of the German occupation and postwar communism, Hartwig's poetry not only echoes the terror of war, and fascist thought, but also the pulsing amber of new life and resilience. This poem uses a single metaphor, a direct tone of voice and an invocation to convey a universal idea. This is not the voice of wonder and young love, but of wisdom borne out of experience. Her words, as she urges the reader to "demand it courageously" have the gravitas of textured granite carved out of a life built with the patience of mountains.



This poem is from 'In Praise of the Unfinished' by Julia Hartwig, published by Knopf, 2008. #poetly #poetryislife #courage #patience #poetsresist #weprotest #poetrycommunity #polishpoetry #juliahartwig #poetrydaily #poetry #poemaday #apoemaday #readingpoetry #demandfreedom #freedom #Englishpoetry #wordsmith #writers #writersofinstagram #writerscounity #poems #poemsdaily #poetryinstagram #instapoetry #artfrees #artidoteandchill #artidote #freestylepoetry #wordporn #poemsofinstagram #writerslife #poetryisprophecy

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