Ilya Kaminsky | Wisława Szymborska

#APStogether,  Begins August 6, 2020

Read Map, Wisława Szymborska's Collected and Last Poems, with Ilya Kaminsky in the installment of #APStogether, our series of virtual book clubs.Details about how #APStogether works can be found here.

Welcome to the Republic of Szymborska. As we watch (and live through) all the mess and tragedy happening around us (and inside us), let’s console ourselves with a poet who knows what it means live in a moment of crisis. A poet who survives. A poet who laughs amidst misfortune. A poet who delights. How did she do it? How does she manage to smile as she looks in the face of history (i.e. tragedy)? What is the secret to her light touch? Her playfulness, wisdom? I invite you to spend ten days answering these questions together, as we explore Map: Collected and Last Poems of Wisława Szymborska.

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of the poetry collections Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo) and Deaf Republic (Graywolf), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and the editor, with Susan Harris, of the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. His honors include a Whiting Award and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Reading Schedule

Day 1 | August 6: Calling Out to Yeti. Pages 19-55. (I will likely post about poems on pages 32, 42, 48, 51.)

Day 2 | August 7: Salt. Page 59-103. (I will likely post about poems on pages 70, 75, 88, 92.)

Day 3 | August 8: No End of Fun. Pages 109-150. (I will likely post about poems on pages 109, 113, 116, 118, 126, 131, 133.)

Day 4 | August 9: Could Have. Pages 155-192. (I will likely post about poems on pages 162, 169, 176, 179, 184, 192.)

Day 5 | August 10: A Large Number. Pages 197-233. (I will likely post about poems on pages 197, 199, 203, 211, 216, 225, 232.)

Day 6 | August 11: The People on the Bridge. Pages 237-276. (I will likely post about poems on pages 243, 245, 254, 258, 269.)

Day 7 | August 12: The End and the Beginning. Pages 281-316. (I will likely post about poems on pages 285, 286, 290, 294, 296, 306, 310.)

Day 8 | August 13: Moment. Pages 321-352. (I will likely post about poems on pages 328, 332, 333, 336, 341, 344, 349.)

Day 9 | August 14: Colon & Here. Pages 355-393. (I will likely post about poems on pages 357, 367, 387, 393.)

Day 10 | August 15: Here & Enough. (I will likely post about poems on pages 401, 403, 404, 412, 413, 422.)


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