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Eternal Enemies: Poems Paperback – Mar 31 2009

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition (March 31 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374531609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374531607
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,063,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celebrated on two continents, Polish poet Zagajewski (A Defense of Ardor) looks back with some self-consciousness, in these new poems, at the lyricism of his compatriot Czeslaw Milosz, at the prewar Poland he portrayed, and at a Miloszian mixture of pathos, faith and doubt. Set in Krakow, Italy, Houston and New York, these frequently brief and always inviting works present, at their most general, the world's materiality at dawn—/ and the soul's frailty. More specific elegies remember Milosz, Joseph Brodsky, Alexander Wat, W.G. Sebald, or look back on the poet's own childhood, which evaporated/ like a puddle gleaming with a rainbow of gasoline. Cavanagh's supple translations let the verse sing in American English without making this Polish poet sound too American: as much as he embraces his new home (he is now teaching at the University of Chicago), he remembers, too, that the Holocaust Museum in Washington holds my childhood, my wagons, my rust. Perhaps narrow in their sweet, sad moods, Zagajewski's poems remain wide in their sympathies. One especially ambitious work imagines the people of the ancient Near East coming alive again, startling archeologists: Look, a flame stirs from the ashes./ Yes, I recognize the face. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945. His previous books include Tremor; Canvas; Mysticism for Beginners; Without End; Solidarity, Solitude; Two Cities; Another Beauty; and A Defense of Ardor―all published by FSG. He lives in Paris and Houston.


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