Peycho Kanev's Reviews > Miracle Fair: Selected Poems

Miracle Fair by Wisława Szymborska
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Ms. Szymborska has that wonderful eastern European ability to show us that everything matters -- our words, our thoughts, our ancestors, our own mortality make us who we are, and who we are exists in an eternal Now. Reading Szymborska proves an entirely new way of looking at poetry. Szymborska is a very conscious and aware poet and she brings the outside political world inside and the inside personal world out. The microcosm and macrocosm of humanity is continually balanced and the poems will undoubtedly be read in the centuries to come. Szymborska knows that there are not only unimaginable horrors in the world, but also "miracles," small truths that are awesome and often wonderful - not because of any religious or magical event, but because they remind us, once again, of our humanity and of what good things might be possible. She treasures ordinary life, love, physicality - and communion. Her poems on love (and lovers) are beautiful, and beautifully simple. At her most luminous, Szymborska strikes me as firmly in the great tradition of poet-prophets exemplified by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and other great voices.
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message 1: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Micsa Thanks for the great review, Peycho. I'll look her poetry up.


message 2: by Pat (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pat I bought this poetry book earlier this year and enjoyed it very much. I am new to poetry but I am in a poetry reading group and I came across Wislawa Szymborska in a web search for European poets. Having read one or two poems, i had to have the book to read the rest.


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