Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: [Wislawa Szymborska] takes the most serious

themes--war, history and its many horrors, the passage of time, death, love and the loss of love--expresses them through vivid, concrete situations and gives them a wry comic twist. "Museum" shows us mortality by imagining the gleeful triumph of our "ten thousand aging things": "The hand has lost out to the glove./The right shoe has defeated the foot."

from The Nation: Wislawa Szymborska, 1923--2012
then Los Angeles Times: Wislawa Szymborska's poems examine absence, emptiness


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