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Remembering Osiecka: Lyricist, Poet, Playwright
September 16, 2009   
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You would be hard pressed to find anyone in Poland who could not manage a couple of bars of at least one song with words by Agnieszka Osiecka. Osiecka penned the lyrics to more than 2,000 melodies, including Maryla Rodowicz's immortal "Małgo¶ka," "Dzi¶ prawdziwych Cyganów już nie ma" (There Are No Real Gypsies These Days), and "Niech żyje bal" (Long Live the Ball).

Osiecka also wrote poetry, plays and television scripts. She was a film director as well, having graduated from the National Film School in ŁódĽ. Osiecka is forever associated with Warsaw's Saska Kępa district, where her statue stands outside the Rue de Paris café at the intersection of Francuska and Obrońców streets.

Osiecka left us a prodigious literary output as well as many private records documenting her life and times. The Agnieszka Osiecka Okularnicy Foundation was set up by her daughter Agata Passent in 2000. The Foundation has been a public benefit organization since 2007 and protects Osiecka's copyrights, promotes her work, publishes her unpublished works, arranges the reprinting of the rest, and organizes competitions on interpreting her songs.

The Foundation's latest initiative is to open a digital Agnieszka Osiecka archive containing literary manuscripts, diaries, letters, notebooks, calendars, photos and other documents. The archive will also have photographs of items once owned by the poet, including her desk, her bike, her camera, some of her favorite kitchenware, her wooden horse and other knick-knacks. Compiling the archive is going to be a piecemeal process, given the Agnieszka Osiecka collection comprises a whopping 1,300-odd files and 3,000 photographs.

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The archive can be freely accessed by all interested parties at www.archiwumagnieszkiosieckiej.pl
Okularnicy Foundation website: www.okularnicy.pl
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