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Wislawa Szymborska

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. She is the author of more than fifteen collections of poetry.


Under A Certain Little Star

Spring 2001 | Poetry

My apologies to chance for calling it necessity. My apologies to necessity in case I'm mistaken. May happiness not be angry if I take it for my own. May the dead forgive me that their memory's but a flicker. My apologies to time for the multiplicity [...]


Spring 2001 | Poetry

A raindrop fell on my hand,
crafted from the Ganges and the Nile,

from the ascended frost of a seal's whiskers,
from water in broken pots in the cities of Ys and Tyre.

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Spring 2001 | Poetry

It's all come down to me sitting under a tree
on a river bank
on a sunny morning.
It's an inconsequential event
that won't go down in history.

Rubens’ Women

Spring 2001 | Poetry

Herculasses, a feminine fauna.
Naked as the crashing of barrels.
Cooped up on top of trampled beds.