On Thursdays I introduce you to some of my favorite writers and poets and spotlight their memories or reflections on memory. I'll share a few thoughts on why I find each piece meaningful, provocative or striking. I am not a literary scholar and I can't tell you about influences and patterns and the like. Maybe I'll tell you how I came across a writer or poet. I hope I introduce you to a few wordsmiths or let you connect with those you may not know well. And in the meantime, I hope that I reconnect with some of the things that inspired me to explore the art of memory.
We start with my favorite 20th century poet, Wisława Szymborska. There aren't a lot of famous people I wish I'd smoked cigarettes and drank scotch with, but she is one: