About the Poems
by Marcela Sulak
“Avocado” and “Cabbage”: One morning five years ago I woke up writing in iambic pentameter and I couldn’t stop. Now I’ve got a whole manuscript of sonnets about fruits and vegetables.
“Field Guide”: Witold Gombrowicz and Bruno Schulz were friendly acquaintances; the former found himself exiled in Argentina when WWII broke out; the latter, a Jew, was killed in the Warsaw Ghetto. Gombrowicz said that Schulz was a slave to art, whereas art was a slave to Gombrowicz. Gombrowicz said a lot of things. Augustine (Saint), read aloud, as was the practice in the fourth century. In his Confessions, he expressed surprise at seeing someone read silently.
“I Love You Best”: you’d better not go to any Prague galleries or museums if you’re planning just to look out the windows at the workers.