Name These Polish Children

  • Her birthday (2 July 1923)

    Her birthday poem here

    She wrote. (excerpt –Possibilites )

    I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
    I prefer having some reservations.
    I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
    I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
    I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
    I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
    I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.

    Three Odd Words..
    First Love

  • For me, Szymborska is first of all a poet of consciousness. On Szymborska November 14, 1996 Czesław Miłosz

  • The photo above is from his wiki quote page. Polish kid in the ruins of Warsaw September 1939

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    His last words “I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call the time Eternity.” (Previous post with many interesting links)

    David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where Kosiński goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.