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Road-side Dog by Czesław Miłosz
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Feb 16, 09

well, this is a little, nearly square book by czeslaw milosz and it's full of poems, mostly. there are a few other things. musings. ponderings. milosz is one of those quietly funny folks and his funniness isn't always in stories or poems that feel good. i think that's very nice of him.

there is a story on fleas. a funny bit involving martin luther. i will never be able to get over the fact that he wrote these in one language (polish) and then sat down and changed them over to english. just changed them. i imagine him with robert haas (a poet in his own right but also a fine translator), drinking beer and laughing over the words and how to pin them down on the page, slapping each other on the back when they get a line or two just right, not hurrying at all. and in new form the words are still beautiful to read and say and hear. how is that? rilke does that, too. it's not fair. go read them and see for yourself.

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