Winter 1998 • Vol. XX No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1998 |

Three Polish Poets, Two Nobel Prizes

Facing the River: New Poems by Czeslaw Milosz. Trans. by the author and Robert Hass. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1995. 66 pages. $22, hardbound. Talking to My Body by Anna Swir. Trans. by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1996. 160 pages. $14, paper. Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems by Wislawa Szymborska. Trans. by Magnus Krynski and Robert Maguire. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Repr. 1996. 214 pages. $12.95, paper. Three translations of poems by Polish poets have appeared during the last two years that are of extremely high quality, and a pleasure to read. Two of the authors are winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature: Czeslaw Milosz, in 1980, and Wislawa Szymborska, in 1996. The third poet, Anna Swir, is on the same high literary level. The three volumes demonstrate both the dynamism and the originality of contemporary Polish poetry. Czeslaw Milosz's Facing the River follows his collection of poems Province

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