True love. Is it really necessary?
Tact and common sense tell us to pass over it in silence,
like a scandal in Life's highest circles.
Perfectly good children are born without its help.
It couldn't populate the planet in a million years,
it comes along so rarely.
What comes along so rarely, in fact, is a writer of this quality--and a translation that does her justice. Szymborska's brilliance would probably overpower even a second-rate rendering into English. But thanks to the efforts of Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, she is not only brilliant but supremely readable--an intellectual comedian for whom "there's nothing more debauched than thinking."
I would recommend this to anyone with an appreciation of poetry.
This poem expresses so well my own sadness, the words are alive and true to my feelings, as they cut open deep in my heart they miraculously heal.
These two anthologies are both selections of the work of the late, great Wislawa Szymborska.
I had a difficult time connecting with this poetry. I appreciate the writing style and images of the poems. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mosspiglets
In this collection of poems, Wislawa Szymborska's voice is heard clearly in all of it's simple and profound beauty. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elizabeth Walworth
These two anthologies are both selections of the work of the late, great Wislawa Szymborska. The selections are somewhat different, though both books feature her most famous... Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Albin
(I bought this for my partner, so I'm letting him write the review.)
I first read Szymborska on Andrew Sullivan's web page and was taken with the poet's reflections on... Read more
If you read or write poetry you have to read her. Even if you don't. There's no more to say.Published 21 months ago by Stephen Lapenta
Wonderful, strong poetry. It is moving and powerful, the images remain with you. Will look for of her more poemsPublished on December 19, 2012 by Monique Adam
I have had this book by Szymborska for years, bought it in 1997 soon after she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by CSD
I adore poetry with a passion, both writing and reading it and this book is high on my list of great reads. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Bookworm