In Praise of the Unfinished: Selected Poems

Hailed by Czeslaw Milosz as the grande dame of Polish poetry and named one of the foremost Polish poets of the twentieth century by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Julia Hartwig has long been considered the gold standard of poetry in her native Poland With this career spanning collection, we finally have a book of her work in English The tragic story of the last century flowsHailed by Czeslaw Milosz as the grande dame of Polish poetry and named one of the foremost Polish poets of the twentieth century by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Julia Hartwig has long been considered the gold standard of poetry in her native Poland With this career spanning collection, we finally have a book of her work in English The tragic story of the last century flows naturally through Hartwig s poems She evokes the husbands who returned silent from battle What woman was told about the hell at Monte Cassino and asks, Why didn t I dance on the Champs lys es when the crowd cheered the end of the war Why was I fated to be on the main street of Lublin watching regiments with red stars enter the city But there is also a welcoming of new experience in her verse, a sense that life, finally, is too beautiful to condemn She seeks a higher peace, urging us to hear other voices an ermine s cry, moan of a dove, complaint of an owl that remind us the hardship of solitude is measured out equally Hartwig s compassionate spirit in the face of destruction and suffering, her apparent need to live in the moment, make her poems monumental and deeply touching and the introduction of her work here long overdue Return to My Childhood HomeAmid a dark silence of pines the shouts of young birches calling each other.Everything is as it was Nothing is as it was.Speak to me, Lord of the child Speak, innocent terror To understand nothing Each time in a different way, from the first cry to the last breath.Yet happy moments come to me from the past, like bridesmaids carrying oil lamps.
In Praise of the Unfinished Selected Poems Hailed by Czeslaw Milosz as the grande dame of Polish poetry and named one of the foremost Polish poets of the twentieth century by Ryszard Kapuscinski Julia Hartwig has long been considered the gold

  • Title: In Praise of the Unfinished: Selected Poems
  • Author: Julia Hartwig
  • ISBN: 9780307267207
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. "In Praise of the Unfinished" was translated by myself and my wife, by John Carpenter and Bogdana Carpenter. We are a translation team. The volume draws on four of Julia Hartwig's books of poems in Polish, four of her most outstanding collections. The English title of our collection comes from the last poem, "Feeling the Way." The first line of the poem is: "The most beautiful is what is still unfinished."Bogdana and John Carpenter first met Julia Hartwig at a poetry reading in Warsaw. We approa [...]

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