Without End

New and Selected Poems

Adam Zagajewski; Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Renata Gorczynski, Benjamin Ivry, and C. K. Williams

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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"

Without End draws from each of Adam Zagajewski's English-language collections, both in and out of print--Tremor, Canvas, and Mysticism for Beginners--and features new work that is among his most refreshing and rewarding. These poems, lucidly translated, 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."

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Excerpted from Without End by Adam Zagajewski. Copyright © 2002 by Adam Zagajewski. To be published in March, 2003 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Oh my mute city, honey-gold, buried in ravines, where wolves loped softly down the cold meridian; if I had to tell you, city, asleep beneath a heap of lifeless leaves, if I needed to describe the ocean's skin, on which ships etch the lines of shining poems, and yachts like peacocks flaunt their lofty sails and the Mediterranean, rapt in salty concentration, and cities with sharp turrets gleaming

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Adam Zagajewski reads "On Swimming" and "She Wrote in Darkness"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Adam Zagajewski read his poems ""On Swimming"" and ""She Wrote in Darkness,"" from his poetry collection Without End. His poems, lucidly translated, allow us, in Zagajewski's words, ""to experience astonishment and to stop still in that astonishment for a long moment or two."" Learn more about the book Without End at http://us.macmillan.com/withoutend/AdamZagajewski Read more about poet Adam Zagajewski at http://us.macmillan.com/author/adamzagajewski"

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Adam Zagajewski reads his poem "The Blackened River"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Adam Zagajewski read his poem ""The Blackened River."" Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945. His books include Tremor; Canvas; Mysticism for Beginners; Without End; Solidarity, Solitude; Two Cities; Another Beauty; and A Defense of Ardor—all published by FSG. He lives in Paris and Houston. Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about poet Adam Zagajewski at http://us.macmillan.com/author/adamzagajewski"

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"[Zagajewski's poems] transport us into a realm that is majestic, boundless and unknown." —Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post Book World

"Poems [that] celebrate those rare moments when we catch a glimpse of a world from which all labels have been unpeeled." --Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books

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Adam Zagajewski; Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Renata Gorczynski, Benjamin Ivry, and C. K. Williams

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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Without End
New and Selected Poems
Adam Zagajewski; Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Renata Gorczynski, Benjamin Ivry, and C. K. Williams

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
March 2003
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ISBN: 9780374528614
ISBN10: 0374528616
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Index
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