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View with a Grain of Sand
View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems | Wislawa Szymborska
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From one of Europes most prominent and celebrated poets, a collection remarkable for its graceful lyricism. With acute irony tempered by a generous curiosity, Szymborska documents lifes improbability as well as its transient beauty to capture the wonder of existence. Preface by Mark Strand. Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, winners of the PEN Translation Prize.
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Leftcoastzen
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#LetsTravelAugust Szymborska was born in #Poland
I read one of her poems and the hunt was on! As the silly little book hoarder I am , found them and haven‘t read them yet .She won the Nobel prize.
#MountainTBR

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇵🇱 6mo
JamieArc This was my thought for Poland as well. I‘ve read some of the poems, and should get back to them. A good reminder :-) 6mo
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kgriffith
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“Rejoice, O reason: instinct can err, too.”
#poetrychallenge2018
#bittersweet

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kgriffith
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“He who wishes to drown himself must have an ax at hand to cut the ice. Oh, madame, dearest madame.” Not unlike a response one might give to someone who only knows that Maine is cold? 🤔

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kgriffith
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“Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is
that we arrive here improvised
and leave without the chance to practice.”
#poetrychallenge2018

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kgriffith
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I think this is why my prof doesn‘t mind that work keeps me glued to my desk until long past time I should be getting ready to leave for class... #notsohumblebrag #studentlife #poetrychallenge2018

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kgriffith
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Class time 🤓📚#poetrychallenge2018

pilardib I love this poem! 2y
klarusu I love Szymborska, in Polish or in translation. 2y
kgriffith @klarusu I‘m really enjoying her work. 2y
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MargoCatts
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“Daughters of the Baroque. Dough
Thickens in troughs, baths steam, wines blush,
Cloudy piglets careen across the sky,
Triumphant trumpets neigh the carnal alarm.
O pumpkin plump! O pumped-up corpulence
Inflated double by disrobing
And tripled by your tumultuous poses
O fatty dishes of love!”
(p21, “Rubens‘ Women”)
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes the right words complete the picture.

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Chessa
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Polish poetry and Reese's Blizzard #booksandicecream / #riotgrams / day 8

vivastory Love Szymborska 3y
robinb My favorite is the Turtle Pecan Cluster! ❤️DQ! 3y
saresmoore So many Blizzards! 3y
Chessa @vivastory It's my first time reading her and it's so amazing! 3y
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kmwiley2
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Getting ready for April... #nationalpoetrymonth2017

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LauraBeth
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First Love by Wislawa Szymborska #litsypoetry365 @SharonGoforth

vivastory I love love love Szymborska. 3y
Joybishoptx Oh I love this! 3y
saresmoore This is gorgeous. 3y
LauraBeth @vivastory I love love love her too! 3y
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jdtchicago

They're both convinced
that a sudden passion joined them.
Such certainty is beautiful,
but uncertainty is more beautiful still.

Since they'd never met before, they're sure
that there'd been nothing between them.
But what's the word from the streets, staircases, hallways--
perhaps they've passed by each other a million times?

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Lea
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Poems are hard for me, so much pondering and analyzing, it's slow going. The words of Szymborska are powerful, even decades after they were written. Nature, war, oppression, humans, big ideas are all covered in thought provoking detail. #libraryreads #readharder #readwomen

DaydreamingBookworm I'm also reading this for #ReadHarder! I'm looking forward to it 🤓 3y
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Lea
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Can't believe this isn't used more ----> #thingsfoundinbooks #forgottenbookmark in #libraryreads #readharder

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dixi_e
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Jan. 21: An Opinion on the Question of Pornography. Szymborska is a poet that everyone should be reading. I think the opening line (and this whole poem) is one that deserves attention. #LitsyPoetry365

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vivjm
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Why do we treat the fleeting day
with so much needless fear and sorrow?
It's in its nature not to stay:
Today is always gone tomorrow.

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vivjm
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Arrived today - my choice for the #readharder challenge poetry in translation task

Lea Mine too! 3y
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