Adam Zagajewski

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Adam Zagajewski is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

He was born in Lwów (since January 1, 1946 Lvov, Ukrainian SSR). The Zagajeski family was expelled from Lwów by the Ukrainians to central Poland the same year. In 1982 he emigrated to Paris, but in 2002 he ret ...
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Try To Praise The Mutilated World
Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
Don'T Allow The Lucid Moment To Dissolve
Don't allow the lucid moment to dissolve
Let the radiant thought last in stillness
though the page is almost filled and the flame flickers
We haven't risen yet to the level of ourselves
Between the computer, a pencil, and a typewriter
half my day passes. One day it will be half a century.
I live in strange cities and sometimes talk
with strangers about matters strange to me.
My Aunts
Always caught up in what they called
the practical side of life
(theory was for Plato),
up to their elbows in furniture, in bedding,
Vermeer's Little Girl
Vermeer's little girl, now famous
watches me. A pearl watches me.
The lips of Vermeer's little girl
are red, moist, and shining.


Gurdev Chauhan 19 November 2020
i like his poetry and I want to translate his poems into punjabi for free as my hobby
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Saesar Warden 31 March 2016
Nobody knows who is who. Adam Zagajewsji recently gave interview to german's media. This pseudo-poet and pseudo-inteligent was able to defame the most and patriots of Poland. If Zagajewski is Polish this is very strange. MORE; to german's media he accused new democratic polish government of something that does not exist. He speaks in the name of all Poles despite of the fact that most of Poles elected new and anti-communist government. In other words: if he acts against new Polaand's patriotic government, this means that he is close to post-communists from PO, PSL, SLD parties. Being poets, or any kind of intelectual does not mean that the person is respectful and is worth of any respect. For me as native Pole, Zagajewski belong to second sort of Poles who are able to betrate his own country to Poland's enemies such as Germany now. Everyone who read my text should be better inform about history of pOLAND AFTER 1989 and the fact that communists never gave up power to oppositionist. When they were able to steal in cover, after 1989 ther robbed Poland in vain of law. Many of them where member of PO party who failed last election. PO-PSL creted system of lawlessness and anti-democtratic esnlave citizenz. Now we have finally own patriotic govt PiS. If Zagaajewski acts against patriots, them he is Polands' traitor. Just as shit
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Saesar Warden 31 March 2016
Adam Zagajewski is a Poland's traiter who instigate Germans in germans media against polish patriots who have chosen new democratic government. More; in interview to germans' media he defamed good name of polish heros who were killed by Soviets after WWII. Does not matter if he is poet or any kind of intelectuals. HE IS POLAND'S TRAITOR who is not worth to spit into his face
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Ross Dunn 08 May 2008
He is Truely an amazing poet who deserves all glory
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