Taborska Essay Selected as Best of Asymptote

Agnieszka Taborska (Senior Lecturer, History of Art + Visual Culture) is among the authors selected from the best texts from past issues of Asymptote. Taborska’s essay, The Sea, or the Poet at Work, was chosen by the editors.

Sasha Burik said that “Agnieszka Taborska’s The Sea, or the Poet at Work, translated from the Polish by Ursula Phillips, is at turns a roiling, frothing, and soothing cavalcade of sentences masquerading as the tide. At first employing all but mundane “laundry lists” that unfold like a succession of waves, Taborska soon breaks off into poetic prose to explore fanciful surrealist explorations of Venusian water-as-unconsciousness, Freudian dream theory, and the uncomplicated, universal image of a little girl gathering a bucketful of water at the beach, fully immersed in the creative microcosm of the seaside. Water: what could be more evocative of that which is quintessentially human? Interspersed with Patrycja Orzechowska’s black-and-white collage pieces—layered, dreamlike, nostalgic, and connotative of the gentle eroding process of water—Taborska’s text weaves and wends through a series of fluid iterations, at times sexy, at times melancholy, of humanity’s enduring connection to and fascination with its natal element. And it begins with this chain of all that might be lying dormant beneath the surface.”