Mysticism for Beginners

Poems

Adam Zagajewski; Translated by Clare Cavanagh

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You must listen, listen, listen.
Tired springs breathe under water.
At four in the morningthe last, lonely bolt of lightning
scribbles something quickly in the sky.
It says "No." Or "Never.
"Or "Take courage, the fire's not dead."
-from "The Last Storm"

Mysticism for Beginners is the third and most beautiful of Adam Zagajewski's collections to appear in English. The poems are about nature, history, the life of cities, the transformations of art, the spiritual essence of everyday life. Their remarkable staying power derives from the gentle meditative authority of Zagajewski's voice, here expertly rered into English by Clare Cavanagh. Zagajewski's committed, compassionate poems offer access to the mysteries at the heart of experience.

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Adam Zagajewski reads his poem "My Self-Portrait"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Adam Zagajewski read his poem ""My Self-Portrait."" 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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"So how can a poet-an intelligent, serious poet-write mystical verse now? The poetry of Adam Zagajewski provides the beginning of an answer to this question."--Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

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Adam Zagajewski; Translated by Clare Cavanagh

Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1945. His previous books include Tremor (1985) and Canvas (1991), both poetry, and Two Cities (1995), a collection of essays. His latest book is Without End: New and Selected Poems.

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Mysticism for Beginners
Poems
Adam Zagajewski; Translated by Clare Cavanagh

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 1999
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ISBN: 9780374526870
ISBN10: 0374526877
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 80 pages
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