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I've read and heard much about Wat--as one of the most important Polish poets of the twentieth century--but this is my first introduction to his poetry. I wish I had not waited so long: this is a fantastic journey through Wat's early and late poetry, both short lyrics and longer, more complex poems. Particularly helpfully, the last few pages of the book are reserved for a conversation with translators Leonard Nathan and Czesław Miłosz on Aleksander Wat's poetry and poetics. Wat's poetry is at th ...more
Very good poetry that fans of Mayakovsky will like I think. Wat also wrote a book called My Century, which tells of his very fascinating life history. But he is just as talented a poet as any of the worthwhile ones. Despite the structure leaning towards the avant-garde type of style, his poems (these translations anyway, which are pretty good) are quite easy to read and digest. Poetry lovers are missing out if they choose to ignore Wat, and I think poets themselves will benefit from reading his ...more
Czesław Miłosz memorialised his Lithuanian childhood in a 1955 novel, The Issa Valley , and in the 1959 memoir Native Realm . After graduating from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium in Vilnius, he studied law at Stefan Batory University and in 1931 he travelled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent and a Swedenborgian. His first volu ...moreMore about Czesław Miłosz...