- 01 Aug 2012
- Houghton Mifflin
- 96 pages - 127 x 203mm
An exciting collection of poems by Wislawa Szymborska. When Here was published in Poland, reviewers marvelled, “How is it that she keeps getting better?” These twenty-seven poems, as rendered by prize-winning translators Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak, are among her greatest ever.
Whether writing about her teenage self, microscopic creatures, or the upsides to living on Earth, she remains a virtuoso of form, line, and thought.
From the title poem:
I can’t speak for elsewhere,
but here on Earth we’ve got a fair supply of everything.
Here we manufacture chairs and sorrows,
scissors, tenderness, transistors, violins, teacups, dams, and quips . . .
Like nowhere else, or almost nowhere,
you’re given your own torso here,
equipped with the accessories required for adding your own children to the rest.
Not to mention arms, legs, and astonished head.
A new collection of poems from Nobel Prize-winner Szymborska--her first collection in seven years, these twenty-seven poems are among her finest.