[FILM, ZDJĘCIA] Rafał Wojaczek returned to Mikoów via … China

He was joined by Rafai Wojaczek, among others Maciej Melecki, director of the Mikołowski Institute, named after the poet, author of the screenplay for the feature film “Wojaczek”; Photo courtesy of Maja Jaworska


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Rafai and Wojciech returned to Mikoko. On Friday, May 13, a statue of the poet sitting on a bench in the Market Square was unveiled. Anyone can join Wojaczek. He was addressing them, and he was emphasized at the ceremony, but on one condition: pick up a book of his poetry and begin to read it.

The statue of Rafai Wojczyk (we write about his life, tragic death and work below) was based on historical photographs of the poet, which appeared on the cover of his collection of poems published in 1976.

Portrait of Rafał Wojaczek, on the basis of which the sculpture was created on the Market Square in Mikoów

Based on the images (the poet is sitting on a frame stuck vertically to the ground, wearing sunglasses and a cigarette in hand), he painted and modeled the terracotta statue Maciej Paidzeur, painter and poet. As Mayor Stanislaw Pichola told, in order to save public funds, the city had ordered bronze casting in … China. It was cheaper than in Poland. In total, as we heard from Tomasz Rogola, a spokesman for the municipal office, the Wojaczek bench cost about 40.5 thousand PLN. zloty.

The celebration of the anniversary of the most famous poet Mikow coincides with the 800th anniversary of the city and the 30th jubilee of the Polish National Poetry Competition. Rafał Wojaczek, organized by the Mikowski Institute. Last year also marked the fiftieth anniversary of the poet’s death.

“This poet sitting on a bench is undoubtedly Miccolo’s greatest treasure that has happened to this city in 800 years,” said Jerzy Siurluk, journalist, poet, television reporter and radio presenter, better known as Ikek from the Mastalci cabaret.

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– I am glad that Rafai and Wajcek sat on a bench near the house where he lived. He is the patron of the Mikowski Institute and all the Mikoff poets. I am glad that the city has once again appreciated his work, which has already entered the canon of Polish poetry – said Maciej Melecki, director of the Mikowski Institute, poet, author of the screenplay for the feature film “Wojaczek” directed by Lech Majowski .

Mayor Stanislaw Pichola stated that Vujacic’s person and his work still elicited various reactions, not always positive, but to some extent, despite these voices, he personally decided to have Rafai Wujacic on the bench at Mecanu.

The statue was unveiled by its author Maciej Paździor and Maciej Melecki, Mayor of Pichola, former Mayor Eugeniusz Wycisło and former Deputy Mayor Marian Sworzeń.

This is not the first “war-like” dialect in Miccolo’s public space. In May 2021, when the fiftieth anniversary of the poet’s death fell, lines from the poem “The Season” appeared on the steps of the Planty Park, and a fresco with the portrait and signature of Rafai Wujacic was painted near the seat of the Mikowski Institute.

Rafał Wojaczek (December 6, 1945 in Mikoów, died May 11, 1971 in Wroclaw). The greatest rebel and scandal among the creators of the communist era. He is one of the cursed poets. He lived only 26 years,

He attended public secondary schools in Mikoko, Katowice Legota and Kudzerzen-Kul. He began his Polish studies at the Jagiellonian University, but stopped shortly thereafter and moved in 1964 to Wroclaw. He worked, among other things, as a dispatcher for the municipal cleaning company.

In 1965 he made his debut in “Poetry”. In 1969, his first volume, The Season, was published, which was well received by critics. In 1970, his second and final volume of poetry, Another Fairy Tale, was published.

The main themes in his poetry are death, love, and the fascination with femininity and the physical (usually captured in Turpistic aesthetics). In his poems, the lyrical theme often talks about pain, has a sense of detachment, rebels against the hypocrisy of the world and society, on the other hand, stubbornly penetrates the dark corners of the human soul, exploring its fears, anxieties and obsessions . The language of his poetry is usually very natural and brutal, full of somatics and profanity. On the other hand, Wojaczek often escaped deep lyric poetry and desire for subtlety under a strong linguistic caste.

During his stay in Wroclaw, he gradually plunged into alcoholism and depression, provoked the environment and started quarrels, repeatedly trying to commit suicide. He was treated for some time in a psychiatric hospital. He committed suicide after taking an overdose of various medications. The tomb of the poet is located in the cemetery of St. Peter. Lawrence in Wroclaw.

In Mikow, the Mikowski Institute sows the memory of the poet and his works. He published, inter alia, the collection “The Rest of the Blood” (the poet’s previously unpublished poems). Since 1999, the Institute has held Mikowski Mai Poetry – an event accompanying the Polish Poetry Competition. Rafał Wojaczek has been organized continuously since 1993.

In 1999, the film “Wojaczek” directed by Lech Majowski was directed. Poets associated with the Mikoff Institute had a great share in its creation. Maciej Melecki wrote the script, and Krzysztof Siwczyk starred. The premiere of the film was held in Miku.

Rafał Wojaczek – Through his lifestyle and creativity, he still stirs controversy today. At the beginning of the 2000s, the idea of ​​becoming a patron of High School No. 2 in Mikoff failed.

Wall painting with Rafai and Jaczyk

Wojaczek’s poem on the steps of the garden ladder

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