Spring 2001 • Vol. XXIII No. 2 Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel PrizesApril 1, 2001 |

Three Words Most Strange

From the Polish.     As I utter the word Future, the first syllable has already slipped into the past.   As I utter the word Silence, I shatter it.   As I utter the word Nothing, I create some-thing; being bursts out of non-being.

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Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her poetry is full of wisdom, wit, and a haunting, surreal quality. One of her major themes is differentness, or otherness: the lack of mutual comprehension between different conditions, species, kinds of matter.

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