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Harcourt, September 2011

Often, Szymborska's poems re-create the fleeting instant when disbelief is in suspension and an act of the imagination can take place. – Dana Goodyear, Los Angeles Times

No reader, not even poetry-phobes, should miss the bright revelations of Nobel laureate Szymborska. [...] 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. --Booklist


So long as that woman from the Rijksmuseum
in painted quiet and concentration
keeps pouring milk day after day
from the pitcher to the bowl
the World hasn’t earned
the world’s end

- Wislawa Szymborska (tr. Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak)

 When the Polish Cultural Institute had an advance copy of this slim volume at its table at the Brooklyn Book Festival in 2010, it drew more attention than any of the other books on display.  Readers eagerly await any new work by Szymborska, and Polish critics have remarked that her work keeps getting better, when it seems that it couldn’t be any richer or more refined than what’s come before.

Book cover courtesy of the publisher; jacket design by Martha Kennedy; jacket photograph © Joanna Helander

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