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Described By Robert Hass As Unquestionably One Of The Great Living European Poets And By Charles Simic As One Of The Finest Poets Living Today, Szymborska Mesmerizes Her Readers With Poetry That Captivates Their Minds And Captures Their Hearts This Is The Book That Her Many Fans Have Been Anxiously Awaiting The Definitive, Complete Collection Of Poetry By The Nobel Prize Winning Poet, Including Poems In All, As Well As The Full Text Of Her Nobel Acceptance Speech Of December In Stockholm Beautifully Translated By Stanislaw Bara Nczak And Clare Cavanagh, Who Won A PEN Translation Prize For Their Work, This Volume Is A Must Have For All Readers Of Poetry

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    Wis awa Szymborska, the recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in literature, has the power to make the reader feel both insignificant and heroic simply for existing This collection, which spans her career from 1957 97, offers a broad range of Szymborska s talents Her eloquent prose is direct and extremely quotable, overflowing with clever witticisms just begging you to go crazy with a highlighter through the pages, and is very accessible, making this a perfect collection for both veteran poetry fanatics and for those who only occasionally dip into the sea of poetry.Born in 1923, Szymborska was witness to all the horrors of the century from her home in Krakow, Poland Inspired by another Polish poet, Nobel Laureate Czes aw Mi osz of whom I give the highest of recommendations , she began penning her first poems, as well as short fiction, in the mid 1940 s while serving on the railroads Despite her first collection being banned by the socialist regime, she continued to refine her craft and held close to the party limitations until splitting ways in the mid 60 s Anyone who has read Mi osz s The Captive Mind will see why he would applaud her for breaking loose and writing freely This collection of her poetry does neglect much of her overtly political poems written while towing the party line and focuses primarily poems which are all encompassing of of humanity Poets are poetry, writers are prose Prose can hold anything including poetry,But in poetry there is only room for poetry Baring her soul, Szymborska often addresses her self conscious feelings about being a poet in this collection They publically confess to being poets only reluctantly, as if they were a little ashamed of it she says in her Nobel Lecture, which, as a nice little addition, is included in this collection Poetry is often overlooked I myself admit to being enad with poetry yet often neglect this art for lengthy periods of time Poetry is not taken as serious as it should be Perhaps this is due in part to every weepy eyed kid you knew in high school who had a folder of sappy or morbid poetry that they took far too seriously when finding any moment to read it and show off their inner pain and deepness Okay, total clich , but we ve all seen this in film or in real life and I think this image of poetry has taken root in the everyman s mind and created a slight aversion to it, masking it as only for arsty folk Even Szymborska states that it is better and comfortable to say whatever it is else you do in life that to label yourself as a poet With this collection, Szymborska scores a massive victory for poetry and evinces that poetry can be for and understood by the everyman, and although she may be quite self conscious while doing so, she bravely puts forth her powerful stanzas Poems such as Evaluation of an Unwritten Poem shows her ideas of the power of poetry, especially over the absence of poetry that would or could have been written The message lying in wait within her poems is often fairly discernable upon the first reading and Szymborska uses very direct and honest language Literally anybody could pick this up, flip through, and find a half dozen poems that they feel is a potent statement on the human condition This is a translated work, but the messages come through unhindered, though I have not seen or am able to understand the original Polish there may have been a loss of some literary devices so I cannot be certain that she doesn t chip in cases of consonance or apply any alliteration or any other devices of that nature Much of her poetry pertains to death Szymborska takes it upon herself to prepare the reader for their inevitable fate, showing humans as fragile, temporary, and sometimes rather insignificant in the face of eternity I found it humorous how she occasionally sneaks this in, drawing me near with some tirade and then slapping me across the face with an open palm of mortality Take, for example, the poem True Love, in which she humorously details how annoying those who are caught up in love are to those around them This poem wraps up as follows Let the people who never find true loveKeep saying that there s no such thing.Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die.Heavy stuff right out of the blue Poems such as Cat in an Empty Apartment or The Suicide s Room show the void death leaves within the world However, Syzmborska has one of the most optimistic poems about death I have ever read with On Death, Without Exaggeration She illustrates death as weak and sloppy, saying death always does the job awkwardly and can t even get the things donethat are part of its trade dig a gravemake a coffinclean up after itselfSyzmborska is one of the rare few who place the living on the winning side in a battle against death Whoever claims that it s omnipotentis himself living proofthat it s notThere s no lifethat couldn t be immortalif only for a moment.Deathalways arrives by that very moment too late.In vain it tugs at the knobof the invisible door.As far as you ve comecan t be undone.Not all of her poetry is gloomy Much of it deals with the human condition and Szymborska has a signature bemused flair that seeps into her poems about mans fate and place in the universe She often writes of how the world is seemingly made up of chance, how we by chance became who we are and that she would never want to be anyone else and that each second of life is an escape from a chance death which made me think of life as a game Russian Roulette each time a near death experience slides by its as if we hear that click of safety, but this can only go on so long before that click will be the bang Several poems, including my personal favorite Life While You Wait give us a Shakespeare like vision of each human as a actor upon a stage, except life is improvisational acting and there is no rehearsal and no second chance to get it right I know nothing of the role I play.I only know it mine, I can t exchange it.I have to guess on the spotjust what this play s all about If I could just rehearse one Wednesday in advance,or repeat a single Thursday that has passed But here comes Friday with a script I haven t seen The link between the past, present and future is often tied tightly within her poems In a very existential way, Szymborska describes us as being a product of our choices and pasts, a unique chance of actions that created us out of the infinite possible selves From No Title Needed And yet I m sitting by this river, that s a factAnd since I m hereI must have come from somewhereand before that turned up in many other places,exactly like the conquerors of nationsbefore setting sail.From somber, introspective, morbid to outright funny, Szymborska s collected poems deliver one treat after another It could easily be picked up and read at random, but a straight through reading offers a bit insight to the growth and maturation of the aging poet If you are a fan of this often neglected art, do yourself a favor and read some Szymborska If you are looking to get into poetry, this is a perfect starting point Keep your pen or highlighter nearby while you read because she is very insightful and delivers gem after gem that you will want to revisit.4 5 A few recommended poems Life While You WaitOn Death, Without ExaggerationOver WineAn Opinion on the Question of PornographyI m Working on the World4a.m.No Title NeededA Contribution to Statistics

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    Whatever inspiration is, it s born from a continuous I don t know That is why I value that little phrase I don t know so highly It s small, but it flies on mighty wings It expands our lives to include spaces within us as well as the outer expanses in which our tiny Earth hangs suspendedPoets, if they re genuine, must always keep repeating I don t know Szymborska, The Poet and the World.This excerpt from Syzmborska s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech describes the mission in her poetry which she explores throughout her collection Szymborska s book, Poems New and Collected rattles the mind s realm of reality, spirituality, and unknown humanity A predominate pattern of poisioning passages of darkness lead to peepholes to positive She delivers a inspiringly intelligent, thought inciting pile of poems Szymborska is a poet who does not hide behind her writings She expresses herself and thoughts and is not afraid to do so This certain poem of hate could be a bit risky to write, but it actually tells the truth Hate is everywhere, even on the sports fields, with the fans and athletes themselves Szymborska seems to have sat in the corner of endless crowded and uncrowded rooms and she shares with us the intricacy of over 70 years of situations A must for those who love poetry, and a volume to make those love poetry that have never kissed its lips before.

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    Great Geworfenheit, this might be the most transportive collection ever, but how would we know Certainly we encounter collections by other poets, but we ve changed in the interim, haven t we Our ability to objectify is awash in the flux Our throwness keeps us ever on edge, estranged albeit sheltered The moments of our life are formless unless we are there peering over Arendt s bannister to afford them as time Biological time has yet to be translated, some haggle over rights and tenure.This is my second encounter with Szymborska and I trust her She s glib yet somehow silent, she quips about utility and objects and detail fade into constructions, compounds Past tense rumors or possibilities I highly recommend her work.

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    Love at First Sight They re both convincedthat a sudden passion joined them.Such certainty is beautiful,but uncertainty is beautiful still.Since they d never met before, they re surethat there d been nothing between them.But what s the word from the streets, staircases, hallways perhaps they ve passed by each other a million times I want to ask themif they don t remember a moment face to facein some revolving door perhaps a sorry muttered in a crowd a curt wrong number caught in the receiver but I know the answer.No, they don t remember.They d be amazed to hearthat Chance has been toying with themnow for years.Not quite ready yetto become their Destiny,it pushed them close, drove them apart,it barred their path,stifling a laugh,and then leaped aside.There were signs and signals,even if they couldn t read them yet.Perhaps three years agoor just last Tuesdaya certain leaf flutteredfrom one shoulder to another Something was dropped and then picked up.Who knows, maybe the ball that vanishedinto childhood s thicket There were doorknobs and doorbellswhere one touch had covered anotherbeforehand.Suitcases checked and standing side by side.One night, perhaps, the same dream,grown hazy by morning.Every beginningis only a sequel, after all,and the book of eventsis always open halfway through.

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    Still, time s unbounded power that makes a mountain crumblemoves seas, rotates a star, won t be enough to tear lovers apart they are too naked, too embraced, too much like timid sparrows I worked to sprout leaves I tried to take root I held my breath to speed things up, and waited for the petals to enclose me Nothing can ever happen twice In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice Memories come to mind like excavated statues that have misplaced their heads I slip my arm from underneath his sleeping head it s numb, swarming with imaginary pins A host of fallen angels perches on each tip, waiting to be counted Funny little thing How could she know that even despair can work for you if you re lucky enough to outlive it If I want to and you can t be too sure that I will , I ll peer down the throat of your silence, I ll read your viewsfrom the sockets of your eyes, I ll remind you in infinite detail of what you expected from life besides death.

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    This was my first book of poetry I felt intimidated going into it but I dove in anyway because I read her poem Possibilities somewhere else and I loved it I ll be reading poetry now thanks to Szymborska I don t know much about poetry but I feel like this book was a success because I genuinely enjoyed and dog eared 38 out of her 165 poems.POSSIBILITIES I prefer movies I prefer cats I prefer the oaks along the Warta I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky I prefer myself liking people to myself loving mankind I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case I prefer the color green I prefer not to maintain that reason is to blame for everything I prefer exceptions I prefer to leave early I prefer talking to doctors about something else I prefer the old fine lined illustrations I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems I prefer, where love s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries that can be celebrated every day I prefer moralists who promise me nothing I prefer cunning kindness to the overtrustful kind I prefer the earth in civvies I prefer conquered to conquering countries I prefer having some reservations I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order I prefer the Grimms fairy tales to the newspapers front pages I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves I prefer dogs with uncropped tails I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark I prefer desk drawers I prefer many things that I haven t mentioned here to many things I ve also left unsaid.I prefer zeros on the loose to those lined up behind a cipher I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars I prefer to knock on wood I prefer not to ask how much longer and when I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.

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    Parting with a ViewI don t reproach the springfor starting up again.I can t blame itfor doing what it mustyear after year.I know that my griefwill not stop the green.The grass blade may bendbut only in the wind.It doesn t pain me to seethat clumps of alders above the waterhave something to rustle with again.I take note of the factthat the shore of a certain lakeis still as if you were living as lovely as before.I don t resentthe view for its vistaof a sun dazzled bay.I am even able to imaginesome non ussitting at this minuteon a fallen birch trunk.I respect their rightto whisper, laugh,and lapse into happy silence.I can even allowthat they are bound by loveand that he holds herwith a living arm.Something freshly birdishstarts rustling in the reeds.I sincerely want themto hear it.I don t require changesfrom the surf,now diligent, now sluggish,obeying not me.I expect nothingfrom the depths near the woods,first emerald,then sapphire,then black.There s one thing I won t agree to my own return.The privilege of presence I give it up.I survived you by enough,and only by enough,to contemplate from afar Other favorites were The Joy of WritingCould HaveHermitageThe Century s DeclineConversation with a StoneCommemoration

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    I stumbled upon Wislawa Symborska a while ago and I am grateful If I talk about a certain poet being the voice of America, or of nature, it is specific, limited and based on my unquestionably non expert opinion But I think I am right here This poet is a voice of humanity brave, funny, serious, aware, in awe, and unable to put down She knows how to be playful, and when and where to use it to make us smile, and then where to drop the guillotine of meaning and insight She is not sappy, nor sentimental she is intense, alert, genuine She mixes wonder with practicality and dreams with reality, political, personal, natural, unnatural I understand what love can t, and forgive as love never would if I live in three dimensions, in nonlyrical and nonrhetorical space with a genuine, shifting horizon from thank you note I can randomly pick any poem and there is global concern, praise of individuality, hatred of the oppressor, love of truth and freedom There is nothing she can t make into a poem, no idea, no theory, no thing You re crying here, but there they re dancing, there they re dancing in your tear There they re happy, making merry, hydrogen, oxygen, those rascals Chlorine, sodium, a pair of rogues your crying s music to their ears from Motion Science, pornography, torture, resumes, stage fright It is all there, and There are many families in which nobody writes poems, But once it starts up it s hard to quarantine.Sometimes poetry cascades down through the generations from IN PRAISE OF MY SISTER AstonishmentWhy after all this one and not the rest Why this specific self, not in a nest, But a house Sewn up not in scales, but skin Not topped off by a leaf, but by a face Why on earth now, on Tuesday of all days,And why on earth, pinned down by this star s pin In spite of years of my not being here In spite of seas of all these dates and faces,These cells, celestials, and coelenterates What is it really that made me appearNeither an inch nor half a globe too far, Neither a minute nor aeons too early What made me fill myself so squarely BirthdaySo much world all at once how it rustles and bustles Moraines and morays and morasses and mussels,The flame, the flamingo, the flounder, the feather How to line them all up, how to put them together Isn t sunset a little too much for two eyesThat, who knows, may not open to see the sun rise I am just passing through it s a five minute stop.I won t catch what is distant what s too close, I ll mix up.PsalmOh the leaky boundaries of man made states How many clouds float past them with impunity How much desert sand shifts from one land to another How many mountain pebbles tumble onto foreign soilIn provocative hops Need I mention every single bird that flies in the face of frontiersOr alights on the roadblocks at the border A humble robin still, its tail resides abroadWhile its beak stays home It that weren t enough, it won t stop bobbing Oh, to register in detail, at a glance, the chaos prevailing on every continent Isn t that a privet on the far bank smuggling its hundred thousandth leaf across the river And who but the octopus, with impudent long arms,Would disrupt the scared bounds of territorial waters And how can we talk of order overallWhen the very placement of the starsLeaves us doubting just what shines for whom Not to speak of the fog s reprehensible drifting And dust blowing all over the steppesAs if they hadn t been partitioned And the voices coasting on obliging airwaves, That conspiratorial squeaking, those indecipherable mutters Only what is human can truly be foreign.The rest is mixed vegetation, subversive moles, and wind UNDER ONE SMALL STARMy apologies to chance to calling it necessity.My apologies to necessity if I m mistaken, after all.Please, don t be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade.My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second.My apologies to past loves for thinking that the latest is the first.Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.I apologize for my record of minutes to those who cry from the depths.I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep today at five a.m Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.Pardon me, deserts, that I don t rush to you bearing a spoonful of water.My apologies to great questions for small answers.Truth, please don t pay me much attention.Dignity, please be magnanimous.Soul, don t take offense that I ve only got you now and then.My apologies to everything that I can t be everywhere at once.My apologies to everyone that I can t be each woman and each man.I know I won t be justified as long as I live, since I myself stand in my own way Don t bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words,Then labor heavily so that they may seem light

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    I think I may have a problem with the recently deceased Szymborska Her poetry glitters, I have even watched her on Youtube speaking in Polish simply because her eyes also glitter with intelligience and humour I knew they had to after stumbling across this volume in a used bookstore, opening it, and other than eating and sleeping, not putting it down until I had finished Then I started all over again Though a great number of these poems were written over half a century ago and in the drab oppressive atmosphere of a communist Poland they certainly rang true and loud for me There is a mischeviousness to her which you don t find all that often in the house of verse In addition the imagery and ideas are vital, fresh and individual but not hermetic I have no idea what the original poems SOUND like, which is a challenge for any translator and sometimes for me a source of anxiety when I m reading their work, but whatever I m really reading here it is fantastic What is with post war Poland In Herbert, Milosz and Szymborska they produced three absolutely extraordinary poets It s a small book, so you can take it with you for the bus rides or what have you One of my favorite purchases of the last few years She came out of nowhere for me and now sits pretty close to the top of poets I go to for solace and insight.

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    This is the kind of poetry to keep by your bedside, and read over and over again.