I emigrated out of Poland yet when Poland was still in the Soviet thaw and I became a citizen of New Zealand within five years. I lived in marvelous Wellington, the capital of NZ, called often ‘Windy Wellington,’ due to the very many winds blowing through the city both from the Pacific and nearby mountains. While in New Zealand, I lived there also in Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula for a while.
Afterwards I traveled worldwide; I had been amongst others in China and finally settled down in Antwerp, Belgium.
The United States was always the country of my final destination and my departure from Poland, just eight days before martial law was, in fact, me immigrating to America which I have never so far had luck to get to.
In the meantime, I am feeling myself quite comfortable in the European Union, a great project of all Europeans which came true.
America and especially New York City with its Statue of Liberty, remain my dream. Freedoms cherished by America are the unstoppable trend and I myself am fully behind it, wishing the same to all individuals across the world, freedoms, human rights, love …
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Home? It is something what makes me feel fully myself, I don’t have to struggle for being myself and for my identity, nobody tells me things which are contrary to what means to be myself, enjoying my own integrity. On the other hand, it is realizing all the people around me feel themselves as comfortable, not threatened by anyone and anything. So aside from my home some other people should have their own ‘home’, being happy, fulfilling their life goals…
What turns you on creatively?
Great, unusual things, but also reality, often miserable situations when I try to exert some influence hoping for bringing somehow a change, in the right direction. Besides, I am fascinated with everything what concerns fantastic realms and interaction, somehow, of the real world with them. In my books recently I often wrote poems alongside the divine choir lines, portraying both angelic and earthly heroes and villains, trying to decipher for example what is going wrong in some states and societies, and what exactly causes that they are going the wrong way, by contradicting for example the ideals of freedom, dignity and human rights, by overexposing their dogmatic and religious orders, to the point they are on the clear paths to dictatorships.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Probably the word freedom. I used it perhaps the most time in many of my poems.
From Themis saying:
‘I am humanity’s Noah’s Ark, I generously took them aboard And although my robe in crimson so magically in white. I am their Statue of Liberty!‘
to Cicero, the angel saying:
‘Keeping peace and the rights of the citizen In your own country is a measure of your greatness But the trick is to respect the rights of citizens In other countries we do not feel closeness to And keep a lasting peace there, the true greatness Like your house at peace may the neighbor’s house too.’
to human saying:
‘Ah, freedom! You are the opposite of dogma like water and fire A dogma that would gladly put you behind bars – Not allowed! – Calls dogma. -Allowed! – You call.’
Freedom thus in all of its dimensions…
What is your pet peeve?
I love all pets, all of them can be quite funny creatures. From cats and dogs, to baby tigers and lions, to parrots…
What is my pet peeve? Well, I am irritated when people are dishonest, arrogant, unfriendly… Why for God’s sake not to make this planet better for all of us? I wish joy and happiness are common across the world, thank you.
What defines Thaddeus Hutyra?
I guess my life and my poetry. Life, because I emigrated from Poland at the time there was a communist system in, I lived in New Zealand and China for some time, travelled through some other countries and finally settled down in Belgium. And poetry, because together with some other poets I wrote numerous poems, both in English and Polish under common theme ‘divine choir’, monumental poetic stories written from Earthly and Heavenly perspectives. It is portrayed, especially, in ‘Nuvonalis’, written in Polish, together with two other poets.
My books in English, with poetry, of course, were published in Lulu and Amazon.
What defines me? Firstly, I am fiercely independent and as much uncompromising when it comes to preserving human rights and dignity of the individual. And yes, I oppose dogmatic enforcements of nations at the expense of people’s liberties. Much about it is portrayed in my poetry. As for now I have rather positive views about the European Union, great and ambitious project for a new model not only in Europe but also in the world. We need modern changes, I am fully behind them…
Thaddeus Hutyra (known also as Tadeusz Hutyra) was born in Poland where he attended schools and begun to study at the prestigious Jagiellonian University of Cracow. Shortly before the emergency state announced by the communist regime on 13th of December 1981 he left Poland in search of a better life abroad. Primarily he intended to emigrate to the United States of America, the goal he was never fortunate to fulfill. Instead he found himself in New Zealand where he lived 5 years and afterwards he had a brief period of travelling across some Asian and European countries, he lived for a while in China and Hong Kong before finally settling down in Belgium. He is active on Facebook and in other social media. He published a number of books both in English and Polish.