Walter Cybulski was the first Henry Hoynes Poetry Fellow at the University of Virginia. He published poems in America, Propago, Eyecatcher, and Rivanna. The poem “Museum With Chinese Landscapes” first appeared in America and was published in the Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (Beverly Hills, CA: Monitor Books, 1981).
Says Michael Joyce, author of “Paris Views”: Walter Cybulski is a poet of sinuous seriosity and comic ferocity, giving voice to unsentimental yet deeply-felt emotions by turns, turnings which evoke and provoke tumblings of recollection and recognition of the sort that Rilke saw in Picasso’s acrobats whose traverse he said was “even a shade more fleeting than the rest of us, whose fleetingness was lamented.” Nothing to Say fixes the fleetingness of our lives in the subtle colorations of dreams.
Says Myra Sklarew, author of “Harmless, If You Want To Live Forever,” : … Cybulski draws the reader back to Robert Hayden’s American Journal, to the curious, restless American landscape and psyche, the “twister of change that leaves nothing untouched.” His riffs on rapid mutation, “enjambments marked down,” “sonnet repair kit,” and all that is out of calibration, or his jazz litany on all that he regrets in “Sorry,” teach us what it is to be human with all our foibles. The expanse is wide. In “History Lesson,” empires appear and vanish in a single classroom. He is vastly knowledgeable, a wizard whose humor and originality invite us in. And with the delicacy of a butterfly like “a scrap of yellow paper torn from the fabric of time. “ Come join us!