POEMS, NEW AND COLLECTED -- the definitive collection of the work of Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska
Poems, New and Collected by Wislawa Szymborska (2000, Mariner Books; 296 pages)
This definitive collection of Wislawa Szymborska’s wonderful poetry in English is a joy and includes the 100 poems in View with a Grain of Sand as well as 64 more translated poems and the full text of her 1996 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. The book has been beautifully translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, who won a 1996 PEN Translation Prize for their work.
Among the poems in this collection is this one:
The Three Oddest Words
When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.
When I pronounce the word Nothing,
I make something no non-being can hold.
If you want to read more about the poet called “The Mozart of poetry” by the Nobel commission, 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," you can go to The Poetry Foundation website
Click here to listen to Amanda Palmer reading Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Life While-You-Wait”
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