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From a writer whom Charles Simic calls "one of the finest poets living" comes a collection of witty, compassionate, contemplative, and always surprising poems. Szymborska writes with verve about everything from love unremembered to keys mislaid in the grass. The poems will appear, for the first time, side by side with the Polish originals, in a book to delight new and old readers alike.

EVERYTHING

Everything-

a bumptious, stuck-up word.

It should be written in quotes.

It pretends to miss nothing,

to gather, hold, contain, and have.

While all the while it's just

a shred of a gale.

Forewordix

Monolog psa zaplatanego w dzieje 2

Monologue of a Dog Ensnared in History 3

Chwila 10

Moment 11

W zatrzesieniu 14

Among the Multitudes 15

Chmury 20

Clouds 21

Negatyw 24

Negative 25

Sluchawka 26

Receiver 27

Trzy slowa najdziwniejsze 28

The Three Oddest Words 29

Milczenie roslin 30

The Silence of Plants 31

Platon, czyli dlaczego 34

Plato, or Why 35

Mala dziewczynka sciaga obrus 38

A Little Girl Tugs at the Tablecloth 39

Ze wspomnien 42

A Memory 43

Kaluza 44

Puddles 45

Pierwsza milosc 46

First Love 47

Troche o duszy 48

A Few Words on the Soul 49

Wczesna godzina 54

Early Hour 55

W parku 58

In the Park 59

Przyczynek do statystyki 60

A Contribution to Statistics 61

Jacys ludzie 64

Some People 65

Fotografia z 11 wrzesnia 68

Photograph from September 11 69

Bagaz powrotny 70

Return Baggage 71

Bal 74

The Ball 75

Notatka 78

A Note 79

Spis 82

List 83

Wszystko 88

Everything 89

Uprzejmosc niewidomych 90

The Courtesy of the Blind 91

ABC 94

ABC 95

PRAISE FOR WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA

"Szymborska is unquestionably one of the great living European poets. She's deeply human and a joy to read . . . [A] poet to live with."--Robert Hass,The Washington Post Book World

"She captures the nightmarish contingency of human survival, and the human callousness toward nature, with an ironic elegance miraculously free of bitterness."--The New Yorker

"The wry and slyly tender voice of Wislawa Szymborska couldnt belong to anyone else."
Monologue of a Dog Ensnared

in History

There are dogs and dogs. I was among the chosen.

I had good papers and wolf's blood in my veins.

I lived upon the heights inhaling the odors of views:

meadows in sunlight, spruces after rain,

and clumps of earth beneath the snow.

I had a decent home and people on call,

I was fed, washed, groomed,

and taken for lovely strolls.

Respectfully, though, and comme il faut.

They all knew full well whose dog I was.

Any lousy mutt can have a master.

Take care, though-beware comparisons.

My master was a breed apart.

He had a splendid herd that trailed his every step

and fixed its eyes on him in fearful awe.

Monolog psa zaplatanego

w dzieje

Sa psy i psy. Ja bylem psem wybranym.

Mialem dobre papiery i w zylach krew wilcza.

Mieszkalem na wyzynie wdychajac wonie widoków

na laki w sloncu, na swierki po deszczu

i grudy ziemi spod sniegu.

Mialem porzadny dom i ludzi na uslugi

bylem zywiony, myty, szczotkowany,

wyprowadzany na piekne spacery.

Jednak z szacunkiem, bez poufalosci.

Kazdy dobrze pamietal, czyim jestem psem.

Byle parszywy kundel potrafi miec pana.

Ale uwaga-wara od porównan.

Mój pan byl panem jedynym w swoim rodzaju.

Mial okazale stado chodzace za nim krok w krok

i zapatrzone w niego z lekliwym podziwem.

Copyright © by Wislawa Szymborska, 2002

Translation copyright © 2006 by Harcourt, Inc.

Foreword © 2006 by Billy Collins

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system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

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mailed to the following address: Permissions Department, Harcourt, Inc.,

6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32887-6777.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547592091
Author:
Szymborska, Wislawa
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Collins, Billy
Author:
Cavanagh, Clare
Author:
Baranczak, Stanislaw
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1 lb

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A new collection of poems from Nobel Prize-winner Szymborska--her first collection in seven years, these twenty-seven poems are among her finest.
"Synopsis" by , A collection of poems from Nobel Prize-winner Szymborska.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for Wislawa Szymborska

“She teaches us how the world defies and evades the names we give it.” -Edward Hirsch

“Accessible and deeply human…A poet to live with.” -Robert Hass

“A subtle, even a subversive muse of vulnerability and a great European poet.” -Richard Howard

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A new book of poems by Wislawa Szymborska is an occasion to celebrate. These twenty-seven poems consider life on earth, from the microbe to the apocalypse. Along the way they take in, among other objects of study, the human teenager, divorce, Ella Fitzgerald, Vermeers Milkmaid, dreams, traffic accidents, Greek statues, TV miniseries, the vagaries of memory, Madame Atropos, and even poetry writing. A book to treasure, from a virtuoso of form, line, and thought.
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