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Miron Białoszewski: Radical Quest Beyond Dualisms


Artur Placzkiewicz

Miron Białoszewski: Radical Quest Beyond Dualisms is an innovative and challenging work of literary scholarship that examines Białoszewski’s artistic praxis as a certain philosophical proposition. It differs from the earlier critical approaches to the writings of this writer in as much as it attempts to examine his mature poetry from a non-dualistic perspective. The study demonstrates in detail how Białoszewski’s radical approach to poetry evolves into a consistent life-writing and life-philosophy (life-writing-philosophy). The poet disregards binary oppositions and he approaches life and reality without any universal method. In the poet’s mature poetry, the context is identified as life and not as reality, and Białoszewski’s writing is described as his life project which is not searching but rather researching, since it has no pre-established goal to reach except for being continued.


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In antiquity the relation between the new entities and the familiar world of common sense gave rise to various theories. One of them which one might call Platonism assumes that the new entities are real while the entities of common sense are but their imperfect copies (Feyerabend 1993:219). Antilogocentric Białoszewski 1. Miron Białoszewski has been known and broadly commented on his un- orthodox approach to poetry and for regarding it as his own private area of ex- perimentation and investigation. He is most of all interested in new relations and possibilities in the realm where subjects are forced to make choices but where no stable imperative or truth is needed. His radical poetic solutions are often very surprising for many of his critics who do not always seem able to keep up with Białoszewski’s permanent change and modifications. He is con- stantly looking for novel, singular and innovative solutions, and his worldview as well as his views on poetry become more and more radical. Białoszewski’s experiment (his “life-writing”) seems to be pragmatist in its overall nature. The poet does not draw any firm distinctions between his life and his art, or between theory and practice. He has never attempted to write down any formal poetics. Neither is he after truth, since it is hard, in the case of this poet, to prove that he assumes, or believes in, any preestablished goal that ought to be reached. Rather he is pursuing a ‘poetic research’ in order...

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