Showing posts with label Wisława Szymborska. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wisława Szymborska. Show all posts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Art of Memory: Szymborska

I got to know memory by listening to my parents and grandparents, by following along the imaginative avenues of memories of Lake Woebegone on Prairie Home Companion, by asking strangers to tell me their stories.  But I really fell in love with memory, a love that endures, through the literary arts --- poetry, fiction, memoir, plays.  

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:


Wisława Szymborska