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For Veteran’s Day

If you want a good poem about war, you never have to look further than the Polish poets, who were invaded by someone every century. The End and the Beginning After every war someone has to clean up. Things won’t … Continue reading

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One from Szymborska

When we were in Krakow two years ago, we went to an exhibit at the National Museum called “Szymborska’s Drawer.” It was a recreation of the home office of the Polish poet, Wislawa Szymborska. It had her desk, her yellow typewriter, her … Continue reading

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Final trip post

We are actually safely home, but I do have a few last thoughts on our trip, in no particular order I loved the big car-free squares and pedestrian walkways of Prague and Krakow. I wish we did something similar here–it makes … Continue reading

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Why I don’t write political poems

We’re heading to Russia and Eastern Europe in a few days, so I’ve been rereading the wonderful Polish poet, Wisława Szymborska. Here’s a poem of hers that expresses an idea I’ve had about political poetry perfectly. I believe the conference table … Continue reading

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