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In praise of the unfinished : selected poems

Author: Julia Hartwig; John Carpenter; Bogdana Carpenter
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Hailed by Czeslaw Milosz as "the grande dame of Polish poetry" and named "one of the foremost Polish poets of the twentieth century" by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Julia Hartwig has long been considered the gold standard of poetry in her native Poland. With this career-spanning collection, we finally have a book of her work in English." "The tragic story of the last century flows naturally through Hartwig's poems. She  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hartwig, Julia.
In praise of the unfinished.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
(OCoLC)607687666
Online version:
Hartwig, Julia.
In praise of the unfinished.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
(OCoLC)608575395
Named Person: Julia Hartwig; Julia Hartwig
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Hartwig; John Carpenter; Bogdana Carpenter
ISBN: 9780307267207 0307267202
OCLC Number: 166358519
Description: ix, 143 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Fortune-Telling from the Seabed --
Return to My Childhood Home --
Philemon and Baucis --
I Will Perform This Miracle for You --
Is That All? --
Old Fashions --
Evergreen --
Tenderness --
My Greetings to a Distant River --
How to Honor a Place --
Translating American Poets --
Winds --
It Poured Stars --
Transfer of Power --
O! --
Versifier Speaks of Painters --
Attempt --
There Are Poems --
Tombstone --
Metope --
It Is Also This --
Safety --
Equilibrium --
Sentence --
What to Do with Words --
Mistake --
Dear Goldberg --
Styles --
Poetry of Crumbs --
Whenever I Meet --
Maurice --
Under This Island --
Funeral Stele --
Tell Me Why This Hurry --
You Drown Me with Shouts --
Ladies in a Coffeehouse --
Far Away --
Let the Light --
Leave Me --
Song --
Sigh --
With Head Turned Away --
Cry of Loneliness --
In the Street --
Before --
He Doesn't Know --
Sharks --
Ghosts --
Higher and Higher --
Demand It Courageously --
Ash --
Why --
We Will Do It for You Nature --
Everything to Measure --
Mavericks Heretics Spoilers --
I Am Tired of the Omnipresence of Roses --
Gift of Mediation --
Quarrel about Experience --
It Comes Uninvited --
I Asked --
Not to Be Certain --
Confession --
Envoy --
For You Europe --
Reading the Apostle Paul --
Without Noticing --
Beautiful Sisters --
Rebuke --
Not Eternity and Not a Void --
Waiting for a Signal --
Orphaned --
Old Man --
Seated Woman --
Before Dawn --
Who Said --
Speak to Us --
Yet We Desire It above All --
Lublin Elegy --
Victoria --
Classmates --
On the Road --
Procession --
Long Vigil --
Separation --
Medium --
Homage to Apollinaire --
Small Girl Sleeps in a Stroller at a Joan Miro Exhibition --
To Conquer the Mountain --
"Give Me Your Hand, Darling..." --
Manuscript --
Meditation (on Czeslaw Milosz) --
Farewell to a Bird --
Rehearsal with Toscanini --
Hilary Hahn --
Thank-You Note --
Let's Not Sleep --
How to Reach --
Goodnight --
Over the Crisis --
Message --
Old Man Climbs the Stairs --
Fugue --
Nontime --
Towers --
I Saw --
Questions --
Brodsky --
Feeling the Way.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Julia Hartwig ; translated by John and Bogdana Carpenter.
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"Hailed by Czeslaw Milosz as "the grande dame of Polish poetry" and named "one of the foremost Polish poets of the twentieth century" by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Julia Hartwig has long been considered the gold standard of poetry in her native Poland. With this career-spanning collection, we finally have a book of her work in English." "The tragic story of the last century flows naturally through Hartwig's poems. She evokes the husbands who returned silent from battle ("What woman was told about the hell at Monte Cassino?") and asks, "Why didn't I dance on the Champs-Elysees / when the crowd cheered the end of the war? ... Why was I fated to be on the main street of Lublin / watching regiments with red stars enter the city." But there is also a welcoming of new experience in her verse, a sense that life, finally, is too beautiful to condemn. She seeks a higher peace, urging us to hear other voices: "an ermine's cry, moan of a dove, / complaint of an owl - that remind us / the hardship of solitude is measured out equally.""--BOOK JACKET.

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