Anna Kühn-Cichocka

Anna Kühn-Cichocka (b. 1940 in Włocławek) holds a degree in sociology and has taught at various levels, from primary school to Polish classes in secondary school. She is an artist, painting mainly in oils, and also a poet with a keen eye for visual details. She now lives in Płock, another town on the Vistula River northwest of Warsaw. Although she had never visited the small town of Dobrzyń nad Wisłą (which lies between Włocławek and Płock), a friend of hers who had grown up there told her so much about the town that she decided to write about it herself, imagining herself into the ‘feel’ of the town and its characters. In 2003 she published a poetry pamphlet called A Little Town with a View on the River (Miasteczko z widokiem na rzekę) with her imaginative re-creation of life in Dobrzyń nad Wisłą. To her surprise and gratification, people from all parts of Poland have written to her to say that she has described their own small town to a T! These poems are a selection from that series of evocative snapshots.

– from the introduction by Sarah Lawson and Malgorzata Koraszewska in MPT Series 3/3 Metamorphoses