Migrants’ narratives do not exist in a vacuum: they have their places within similar narratives, historically embedding them within a larger public story. This continuity is often overlooked, particularly when it comes to similar narratives shared by different ethnicities. The purpose of this paper is to investigate poetic manifestations of memory, especially trauma or pain memory, in a selection of texts written by Wioletta Grzegorzewska. The poems of Wioletta Grzegorzewska consider the question of memory on both micro and macro levels. Her collection Smena’s Memory, as this paper argues, investigates the role of memory in the process of identity creation.
Keywords: migration, memory, trauma, identity, transnationalism