Adam Zagajewski

Biography of Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski poet

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 returned to Poland, and resides in Kraków. His poem "Try To Praise The Mutilated World", printed in The New Yorker, became famous after the 11 September attacks. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Chicago and a member of its Committee on Social Thought. He teaches two classes, one of which is on fellow Polish poet Czesław Miłosz.

Adam Zagajewski's Works:

Komunikat. Kraków, 1972.
Sklepy mięsne. Kraków, 1975.
List. Oda do wielości. Paris, 1983.
Jechać do Lwowa. London, 1985.
Płótno. Paris, 1990.
Ziemia ognista. Poznań, 1994.
Trzej aniołowie. Kraków, 1998.
Pragnienie. Kraków, 1999.
Powrót. Kraków, 2003.
Anteny. Kraków, 2005.
Unseen Hand (Niewidzialna ręka). Kraków, 2009.
Wiersze wybrane. Kraków, 2010.

Books in English translation
Tremor (1985)
Canvas (1991)
Mysticism for Beginners (1997)
Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002)
Eternal Enemies: Poems (2008)
Unseen Hand: Poems (2011) Updates

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.

Oh Vermeer's little girl, oh pearl,
blue turban: you are all light
and I am made of shadow.
Light looks down on shadow

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