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I am happy it’s so simple I am carrying happiness In my hands
about the poem
‘I Am Carrying Happiness’ was published in Not For The Academy: Lesbian Poets (Onlywomen Press, 1999). In an anthology which importantly gave a platform to both famous and less well known lesbian poets, this poem stands out for its depiction of feelings familiar to all, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or age. Love is a point of similarity, not a marker of difference: a fitting message for LGBT History month and Valentine’s Day alike. You can also find the poem in Jastrzębska's collection Syrena (Redbeck Press, 2004).
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This poem is not a card-carrying Valentine’s poem: it doesn’t shout about romantic love from the rooftops. Yet, in its simplicity, ‘I am carrying happiness’ captures perfectly the fragility and hesitancy of new love. It transports me back to the time and place where my wife, Lizzie, and I first met, which coincidentally was in Maria Jastrzebska’s birthplace, Warsaw.
Maria Jastrzębska is a poet, editor and translator. She was born in Warsaw, Poland and came to England as a child. She is the co-founder of Queer Writing South and South Pole, www.south-pole.org.uk and co-edited Queer in Brighton (New Writing South 2014) with Anthony Luvera. Her most recent, third full length collection is At The Library of Memories (Waterloo Press 2013).