Jan 16, 2011

Book Review for Here

Wisława Szymborska
A Book of Poetry

My View, My Review, by Cynthia  As I began reading my very first read from this author, I shuddered and started reading again...I read these poems as if they were scripture and written by a great prophet to give to me much more insight into life than my fourty five years. Each word drove home a real since of value, of life. I adore this book and though my read is a digital print provided by NetGalley by my own request, I am craving to hold the hard covers between my hands to cradle the life written in words by one's experiences lived. Maybe some terror within that was known and shared is in her words, and by one's fear. An author's first hand experience of how rotten life really can be, at times. As mundane, melancholy, or sad as the words might be, at times, the end result is uplifting with laughter. A since of humor divulged with sarcasim and yet a real wisdom, a real life lived, and written for us in poems.


Synopsis and Marketing:
A new book of poems by Wisława Szymborska is a rare and exciting event. When Here was published in Poland, reviewers marveled, "How is it that she keeps getting better?" These twenty-seven poems, as rendered by prize-winning translators Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak, are among her greatest ever. Whether writing about her teenage self, microscopic creatures, or the upsides to living on Earth, she remains a virtuoso of form, line, and thought.

From the title poem:

I can't speak for elsewhere,
but here on Earth we've got a fair supply of everything.
Here we manufacture chairs and sorrows,
scissors, tenderness, transistors, violins, teacups, dams, and quips . . . 

Like nowhere else, or almost nowhere,
you're given your own torso here,
equipped with the accessories required
for adding your own children to the rest.
Not to mention arms, legs, and astonished head.   

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547364612
  • ISBN-10: 054736461X
  • Hardcover: 96 pages 
  • Publication Date: 10/26/2010


Wisława Szymborska
has worked as an editor, translator, and columnist,
though she is best known as a poet. In 1996,
she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Recommend This Read:
Yes, absolutely! I recommend this read to everyone!
You should read this!

A Second Read:
Yes. Absolutely!
In a collection of favorites!
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