Desire and Devotion – Patrycja Humienik

2021 Jack Straw writer Patrycja Humienik’s poetry project grapples with the concept of devotion in relation to religion, longing, and naming. In her conversation with curator E.J. Koh, they discuss finding community in writing, how movement impacts the writing process, and the intersection of the creative with the political. “Poetry has always been a way in which I’ve started to learn about the many layers to and limits of language. . . . Growing up speaking another language really quickly oriented me to the limitations and failures, like what gets lost in translation . . . maybe can’t be translated.”

Music by Andrew Weathers, produced in part through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.