9780060755249

Second Space: New Poems

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    9780060755249

  • ISBN10:

    0060755245

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-31
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz's most recent collection Second Space marks a new stage in one of the great poetic pilgrimages of our time. Few poets have inhabited the land of old age as long or energetically as Milosz, for whom this territory holds both openings and closings, affirmations as well as losses. "Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, / I felt a door opening in me and I entered / the clarity of early morning," he writes in "Late Ripeness." Elsewhere he laments the loss of his voracious vision -- "My wondrously quick eyes, you saw many things, / Lands and cities, islands and oceans" -- only to discover a new light that defies the limits of physical sight: "Without eyes, my gaze is fixed on one bright point, / That grows large and takes me in."Second Space is typically capacious in the range of voices, forms, and subjects it embraces. It moves seamlessly from dramatic monologues to theological treatises, from philosophy and history to epigrams, elegies, and metaphysical meditations. It is unified by Milosz's ongoing quest to find the bond linking the things of this world with the order of a "second space," shaped not by necessity, but grace. Second Space invites us to accompany a self-proclaimed "apprentice" on this extraordinary quest. In "Treatise on Theology," Milosz calls himself "a one day's master." He is, of course, far more than this. Second Space reveals an artist peerless both in his capacity to confront the world's suffering and in his eagerness to embrace its joys: "Sun. And sky. And in the sky white clouds. / Only now everything cried to him: Eurydice! / How will I live without you, my consoling one! / But there was a fragrant scent of herbs, the low humming of bees, / And he fell asleep with his cheek on the sun-warmed earth."

Table of Contents

PART I
Second Space
3(1)
Late Ripeness
4(1)
If There Is No God
5(1)
In Krakow
6(1)
Framing
7(1)
Werki
8(1)
Advantage
9(1)
A Master of My Craft
10(1)
A Stay
11(1)
On Old Women
12(1)
Classmate
13(2)
Tenant
15(2)
Guardian Angel
17(1)
A Beautiful Stranger
18(1)
To Spite Nature
19(2)
I Should Now
21(1)
High Terraces
22(1)
Nonadaptation
23(1)
Hear Me
24(1)
Scientists
25(1)
Merchants
26(1)
Coffer
27(1)
I
28(1)
Degradation
29(1)
New Age
30(1)
Eyes
31(1)
Notebook
32(2)
Many-Tiered Man
34(3)
PART II
Father Severinus
37(10)
PART III
Treatise on Theology
47(20)
PART IV
Apprentice
67(32)
PART V
Orpheus and Eurydice
99

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