I DON’T LIKE HEARING that poetry is dying or dead –

I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems… Possibilities I prefer movies. I prefer cats. I prefer the oaks along the Warta. I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky. I prefer myself liking people to myself loving mankind. I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case. I…

why read Szymborska?

  Adam Gopnik: Every other year, it seems, the Nobel Prize in literature goes to an obscure European writer, full of hard consonants and solemn purposes, whom we all agree to honor for a day and forget all about right after.   This list of the Great Obscure is long, but the bright exception to…

nonrequired reading

… One more comment from the heart: I’m old fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised. Homo Ludens dances, sings, produces meaningful gestures, strikes poses, dresses up, revels and performs elaborate rituals. I don’t wish to diminish the significance of these distractions-without them human life would…

– and to keep on not knowing something important

A Note . Life is the only way to get covered in leaves, catch your breath on the sand, rise on wings;   to be a dog, or stroke its warm fur;   to tell pain from everything it’s not;   to squeeze inside events, dawdle in views, to seek the least of all possible…