in a resume, “landscapes are replaced by addresses…of all your loves, mention only the marriage. maybe we could find two or three good poems there, but, in truth, the subject matter of these poems is pretty indigestible.” collections of her poems that have been translated into english include people on a bridge (1990), view with a grain of sand: selected poems (1995), and monologue of a dog (2005)." szymborska was born in kórnik, in western poland, in 1923. but also we have some family photographs including those of wislawa szymborska's mother, anna rothemund, and her father, wincenty szymborski.
colors: red, a film directed by krzysztof kieślowski, was inspired by szymborska's poem, "love at first sight". wislawa szymborska was not much interested in the writing of this biography. by friends and relatives, szymborska died peacefully in her sleep at home in kraków in 2012, aged 88.” Collections of her poems that have been translated into English include People on a Bridge (1990), View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems (1995), and Monologue of a Dog (2005). initially close to the official party line, szymborska gradually grew estranged from socialist ideology and renounced her earlier political work.
many of her poems have a touch of whimsy, although they are never fluffy. on remarks made on the occasion of the april 1997 showing of the szymborska exhibit at the university at buffalo. like many other intellectuals in post-war poland, however, szymborska adhered to the people's republic of poland's (prl) official ideology early in her career, signing an infamous political petition from 8 february 1953, condemning polish priests accused of treason in a show trial. by making her work thus accessible to the royal swedish academy, he is given credit for making it possible for szymborska to receive the nobel prize. they showed wislawa szymborska what they had written and she liked it.
and for two poems in this volume we have that information for szymborska provided it in an interview. in the poem “the end and the beginning,” szymborska writes, “after every war / someone’s got to tidy up.” although she approaches some bitter subjects, szymborska retains a sense of grace and humor in her words. the new republic: "miracle fair: selected poems of wislawa szymborska" by ruth franklin. words without borders: monologue of a dog – new poems of wislawa szymborska by w.
we are always interested when and under what circumstances are poems written.-known in her native poland, wisława szymborska received international recognition when she won the nobel prize for literature in 1996. maier reads "consolation," by wislawa szymborska, and a conversation with her translator clare cavanagh. it contains poems from the period of socialist-realism, written as if it were an assignment. although her poems are written in clear, direct language that is almost childlike in its simplicity, szymborska tackles heavy subjects such as death (“cat in an empty apartment”), societal demands (“ruben’s women”), relationships (“the tower of babel”), and the constancy of nature (“water”).