Tag Archives: Czeslaw Milosz

Summer reading

I know that you’re supposed to take up some frivolous books for the summer, but perhaps influenced by the morning and evening fog that characterizes coastal California, my reading has been more dour. I mentioned these books in an earlier … Continue reading

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The NY Times Book review this Sunday quoted from “Pebble,” a poem by the Polish poet, Zbigniew Herbert. Here is the poem in full: Pebble The pebble is a perfect creature equal to itself mindful of its limits

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A Monday gift

Gift A day so happy. Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden. Hummingbirds were stooping over honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no one worth my envying him. Whatever evil I … Continue reading

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Polish poetry

I’ve been reading through the luminous translations Mira Rosenthal has done of the work of Tomasz Różycki, a contemporary Polish poet. It’s a delight to read them here in Krakow, where they take on an additional resonance, although Różycki is from Opole, … Continue reading

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Robinson Jeffers

At one time, Jeffers was quite the rage, but by the time he died in 1962 he fallen almost completely out of fashion. Today he is mostly known as an early environmentalist. Nonetheless, his best work is still fresh, and … Continue reading

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What’s news?

The air you breathe may be killing you. More at 11. Okay, this isn’t a real leader for the news, but it represents the whole take on news these days–the scarier the better. I remember Emily Littella’s protest against “violins … Continue reading

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Lucky in lunch

How lucky to live in the Bay Area, with its surfeit of poetry events. Today, I heard Bob Hass talk about and read from the work of Tomas Tranströmer and Czesław Miłosz. The one-hour event is from a series at … Continue reading

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Two more poems from Saturday’s Salon

Both of these are by Lisa Rappoport: Czeslaw Milosz Buys Lion or Tiger Urine at the Oakland Zoo —or so it has been reported: or rather, so goes the report of his intent, unaccompanied by any definitive evidence of whether … Continue reading

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Zbigniew Herbert

This Polish poet is one of my favorites. He has many dark poems, having survived the second world war and the subsequent Soviet regime in Poland.  But this is a light, acerbic little prose poem. I disagree with his assessment … Continue reading

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