Bachman's Warbler: Tara Bergin writing after Zbigniew Herbert's 'Reconstruction of a Poet'

The idea for this poem came initially from reading Zbigniew Herbert’s radio play, Reconstruction of a Poet (trans. Magdalena Czajkowska); an extract of which appears on page three of the first edition of Modern Poetry in Translation, published in 1965. Herbert’s play opens with a character named ‘Professor’, who is giving a lecture on Homer. […]