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Second Space: New Poems Paperback – August 23, 2005
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The book is dense and richly detailed with allusions to Polish poets, to Milosz' relatives, particularly to his cousin Oscar Milosz (1877-1939) a French poet and diplomat, and to the mystical thinkers Jacob Boehme and Emmanuel Swedenborg, who have deeply influenced Milosz and his approach to religious questions.
The book is divided into five parts. The first part consists of a series of short poems discussing the poet's struggle for religious meaning. In many of these poems, Milosz revisits and reflects upon his life. The title of the book "Second Space" derives from the first poem of the collection in which Milosz laments the difficulty of conceiving of a "second space" in our modern world -- the space of both heaven and hell. Milosz writes in a clear style with many striking figures and phrases. Thus, he concludes his poem, "The Old Women" with the benediction: "May the day of your death not be a day of hopelessness,/ but of trust in the light that shines through earthly forms."
The second part of the book is a series of eleven interior monologues by "Father Severinus," who describes himself in the first poem as "a priest without faith".Read more ›
SECOND SPACE resonates with profundity. Yet Milosz'art is astonishingly void of linguistic pyrotechnics or artifice. The erudition of Eliot...or Dante himself...is manifest without recourse to numbingly recondite metaphor,scholarship or ars- gratias-artist machinery.This"poet for all seasons"is startlingly straight-forward;lyrically"simple".Like reprise of St.Augustine's CONFESSIONS[or his own(1995)FACING the RIVER], Milosz directly states intention to remember with honor;and...in PRAYERful acknowledgement and humility...if possible, RECOVER the
source and ultimate respite of Mankind's humanity. TRUTH...peace and salvation; or condign damnation...is the province and provenance of THE SECOND SPACE.
Challenging the epigones(& tenth-rate homies of the PM Press)of Nietzsche and hack-Heideggerians,Milosz replies to the brazen, self-POSSESSED;self-apotheosizing nihilists foreseen by Dostoyevsky:
"IF THERE IS NO GOD,NOT EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED TO MAN/ HE IS STILL HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER/AND HE IS NOT PERMITTED TO SADDEN HIS BROTHER,BY SAYING THERE IS NO GOD(p.5)."
Spiritually luminous,lyrically elegant poem-after-poems rebuke: Scientism [p.Read more ›
"My most honorable eyes, you are not in the best of shape.
I receive from you an image less than sharp, . . . "
"Eyes" is a poem of depth and true insight, which tells us something about a way of looking at the world as one moves on in life, "away from the fairgrounds of the world." There is an inner life, a deep inner truth which takes in all. It is a vision at once mystical and secular.
Milosz is a master, straddling eras and cultures. What can a 90-plus-year-old poet tell us about sexuality and desire? Amazing things--revelations, truly. But don't expect the cheap sensuality of popular culture.
Milosz and his poems have endured throughout our lives and will remain with us for a very long time. In Second Space he opens up a space that is rich and exciting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful and tender account of the human experience of growing up and leaving behind the religion of childhood and young adulthood. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Luminous poetry from a master of words. Wisdom from the poet as he nears his death. Theological reflection in lovely spades. Give yourself this treat.Published on March 12, 2012 by No Place Like Home
He's work is a true gift, so many wonderful gems. He words touch your soul in very personal way. The perfect gift for a friend you want to introduce to Czeslow Milosz's work.Published on November 2, 2011 by Emma Archer
The first section of this book is marvelous, transporting. His last poem is, to me, his best. All of the autobiographical and reflective material is enjoyable, but it loses... Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by R. Miller
I normally avoid poetry because it's often inaccessible. Happily, I think I "get" most of Milosz's poems. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Jeanne K
Poems by a Poet still alert and active but knows that death is near ... what whould you be thinking of, Milosz's thoughts are very ... they stay with youPublished on July 4, 2009 by Timothy P. Monaghan