Without End: New and Selected Poems

Without End: New and Selected Poems


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Without End: New and Selected Poems by Zagajewski

The best work of one of Poland’s greatest poets.

I love to swim in the sea, which keeps
talking to itself

in the monotone of a vagabond

who no longer recalls

exactly how long he’s been on the road.

Swimming is like prayer:

palms join and part,

join and part,

almost without end.

—from "On Swimming"

This large selection draws from Adam Zagajewski’s English-language collections, both in and out of print; it also includes early work and new poems that are among his most refreshing and rewarding: meditations on human frailty and vigor, they are vividly imagined, of great clarity of thought and scrupulous, celebratory attention to the natural world. In this lucid translation, these poems share the vocation that allows us, in Zagajewski’s words, "to experience astonishment and to stop still in that astonishment for a long moment or two."

Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1945. His most recent books are Canvas and Mysticism for Beginners, collections of poetry; and Two Cities and Another Beauty, collections of essays, all published by FSG. He lives in Paris and Houston.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374220969
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/10/2002
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1945. He lives in Kraków and spends part of the year in Houston, where he teaches at the University of Houston.

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