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No reader, not even poetry-phobes, should miss the bright revelations of Nobel laureate Szymborska. A Polish poet influenced by Czeslaw Milosz and annealed in her country’s suffering during WWII and Stalinsim, Szymborska writes pithy, mischievous, and wise poems that disarm, delight, and enlighten in a flash even as they illuminate hidden dimensions of existence. The poet marvels over the intricacy, immensity, secrecy, and vigor of life. In Microcosmos, she considers the miniscule entities a microscope reveals and wonders if they even know they are––or aren’t. In Thoughts That Visit Me on Busy Streets, Szymborska ponders nature’s recycling of faces, so that a passerby might be . . . some pharaoh with briefcase and glasses. She writes of her teenage self, the earth’s astounding bounty, accidents, nature’s innocence, and time. Szymborska is sharply ironic and lithely philosophical, pondering the phenomenal precision of dreams and the elusiveness of meaning. The neat, prancing lyrics collected in this slender, piercing book are delectable and profound.-- From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010
ISBN: 9780547364612
Branch Call Number: 891.8517 SZMBORSKA
Characteristics: 85 p. ; 21 cm


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CMLibrary_akeller Apr 06, 2016

I don't read much poetry but I am working my way through the winners of the Nobel Literature Award and she won. Since I do not read Polish, I had to rely on the translations. However, I love the way she writes. My favorite is the title poem "Here".


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