If poetry is personal, something that is beast communed with in intimate surroundings it is a mistake to take it out to the city.

If I cannot lie to you in a poem it is a mistake to publish the poem and to light the city with it.

If every poem, for its own use, provides a one-time definition of poetry the poet can easily make a mistake.

If a poem is blank and slow, it is a mistake to close it in a specified number of words to be projected.

If a poem is related to a sheet (of paper) it is a mistake to transmit it to a block building in Poznań.

If there are no clear assessment categories then perhaps the poem is a mistake in its own right.

If a poem roughhouses in the world, makes a mess and casts spells all over the place it is an anarchistic creature and a mistake lies at its premise.

And if it is so, we have a small weakness: for the mistake. We like to err, to wander in search of clues. The clue is the word "mistake".

The poems of five poets will be projected on block buildings in Poznań. The common feature of the poems is a "mistake" perceived as deconstruction, devastation and destabilisation. As a joke. As the overthrowing of the old. The derailing from the rut of thinking and acting. As a new beginning.

(Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało)


Marcin Sendecki (b. 1967) has published several poetry books. He debuted with the volume Z wysokości (1992). Most recently he has published Trap (2008) and 22 (2009). In the 1980s and 90s he was associated with the magazine Brulion. In 1997, with Marcin Świetlicki and Marcin Baran, he edited the anthology Długie pożegnanie. Tribute to Raymond Chandler. He lives in Warsaw and works for the weekly magazine Przekrój.

Darek Foks (b. 1966) is a poet and scriptwriter. He recently published the books Ustalenia z Maastricht (2006), Wielkanoc z tygrysem (2008), Sto najlepszych polskich reklam i jedna niemiecka (2009) and Co robi łączniczka (2005, with Zbigniew Libera).His novel, Kebab Meister (2010) is being prepared for publication. He is the editor of the prose section in the magazine Twórczość.

Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało (b. 1979) is a poet and publicist. She debuted with the volume Mocno poszukiwana (1999) which was followed by Lonty (2001), Gospel (2004), Ani mi się śni (2005) and Spamy miłosne (2007). She is also the author of the children's poem Nochal czarodziej (2007). With Justyna Sobolewska she has published the anthology Projekt mężczyzna (2009). She collaborates with the magazines Polityka and Lampa, and with the daily paper Gazeta Wyborcza. She lives in Wrocław.

Andrzej Sosnowski (b. 1959) is an award-winning poet and an editor of the magazine

Literatura na Świecie. He has published nine poetical books, including Życie na Korei (1992), Stancje (1997), Zoom (2000), Gdzie koniec tęczy nie dotyka ziemi (2005) and Po tęczy (2007). He has translated the writings of John Ashbery, John Cage, Ezra Pound, Raymond Roussel and others authors. The book Trop w trop, a collection of interviews (1994-2009) with the poet was published in January 2010.

Jerzy Jarniewicz (b. 1958) is a poet, literary critic and translator (primarily of English literature). He has published numerous volumes of poetry, including Korytarze (1984), Rzeczy oczywistość (1992), Niepoznaki (2000), Oranżada 2005 and, recently, Makijaż (2009). He is a member of the editing collective of the magazines Literatura na Świecie and Tygiel Kultury. He lives in Łódź.

Creation: Darek Foks, Jerzy Jarniewicz, Marcin Sendecki, Andrzej Sosnowski, Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało

Curator: Mika Grochowska

Production: the Malta Foundation

Acknowledgments: Management of KRUS Poznań Branch, Spółdzielnia Turystyczna Wypoczynek, Management of Miastoprojekt, Management of MERAZET and Management of PEKAO S.A. Poznań Branch