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SECOND SPACE - NEW POEMS
Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Ecco/Harper Collins Publishers, 2005 Strony / Pages: 102, hard cover ISBN: 0-06-074566-5
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From Publishers Weekly

The title's second space comprises heaven and hell, which have "vanished forever"; without them the blessed cannot "meet salvation" and the damned "find suitable quarters." In mourning, the poet exhorts: "Let us implore that it be returned to us,/ That second space." The Nobel laureate, who died this past summer in Kraków at 93, is preoccupied in this collection with establishing that space through words, but also finds it in carnality and in "the unattainable Now." The opening section of summative short lyrics on themes familiar from late Milosz (memory, salvation, place) is followed by four long poems. "Father Severinus" is an eponymous 11-poem dramatic monologue of a priest (who shares one of the names of medieval philosopher Boethius) in whom there is "only a hope of hope." Next comes "Treatise on Theology" ("A young man couldn't write a treatise like this,/ Though I don't think it is dictated by fear of death"), followed by "Apprentice," a beautiful autobiography in verse (with extensive prose annotations by Milosz) and finally a stunning, short "Orpheus and Eurydice": "His lyre was silent and in his dream he was defenseless./ He knew he must have faith and he could not have faith./ And so he would persist, for a very long time,/ Counting his steps in a half-wakeful torpor." The terrors, torpors and partial redemptions of this collection feel wholly earned.

From Booklist

*Starred Review*

The last collection that the late Nobel laureate himself prepared for publication shows him wrestling with faith and disbelief, sin and redemption, death and immortality. Two of its five parts contain very religiously concerned sequences. In the poems of part 2, "Father Severinus," a priest weighs church history and his own history: "Can I tell them: there is no Hell," he asks, "when they learn on earth what Hell is?" Part 33, in Milosz's own voice, is a "Treatise on Theology" that eventually acknowledges that, although it is his "duty as a poet [to] not flatter popular imaginings," he still desires to keep faith with Our Lady at Fatima and Lourdes. If the tributary sequence to his great forebear and inspiration, Oscar Milosz (1877-1939), seems more secular, yet at its heart are his uncle's poetic anticipation of Einsteinian relativity, which allows for the initial creative act of God, and comparison of his uncle to the great mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg. One of the short poems of part 1 expresses what is perhaps the most certain conviction in the book, that "if there is no God," a man is still "not permitted to sadden his brother / By saying that there is no God." This is a great last book. Ray Olson

Book Description:

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."

About the Author:

Czeslaw Milosz was born in Szetejnie, Lithuania, in 1911. He witnessed the devastation of Lithuania and Poland by the Nazi and Stalinist tides, survived World War II in German-occupied Warsaw with his wife, Janina, publishing his poetry in the underground press. After the war, he was stationed in New York, Washington, and Paris as a cultural attaché from Poland. He defected to France in 1951, and in 1960 he accepted a position at the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980, and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He died on August 14, 2004, at his home in Krakow, Poland.
Inne tytuly / Other titles
New and Collected Poems 1931-2001 Czeslaw Milosz Publisher: Ecco, 2017 Strony / Pages: 776, soft cover ISBN: 978-0-06-051448-8
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Historia literatury Polskiej Czeslaw Milosz Znak, 1993 Strony / Pages: 526, miekka oprawa ISBN: 83-7006-424-8
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Swiat Poema Naiwne Czeslaw Milosz Muchomor 2012 Strony / Pages: 72, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-89774-57-6
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Poezja Poerty
Tak zwane widoki ziemi Wybor wierszy
The so-called sights of the earth
Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo: Bosz, 2011 Strony / Pages: 224, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-7576-122-1
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Rozmowy tom I Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo: WL, 2011 Strony / Pages: 1053, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04677-7
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Rozmowy polskie 1999 - 2004
Dzieła zebrane
Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo: WL, 2010 Strony / Pages: 1052, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04557-2
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Rosja
Widzenie transoceaniczne
Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo :Zeszyty literackie, 2010 Strony / Pages: 286, miękka oprawa ISBN: 978-83-60046-98-2
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ABECADLO Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2010 Strony / Pages: 384, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04491-9
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LEGENDY NOWOCZESNOSCI Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2010 Strony / Pages: 324, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04409-4
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LEGENDS OF MODERNITY - Essays And Letters from Occupied Poland, 1942-1943 Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005 Strony / Pages: 266, soft cover ISBN: 0-374-53046-7
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CONVERSATIONS Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University Press of Mississipi, 2006 Strony / Pages: 217, soft cover ISBN: 1-57806-829-0
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THE ISSA VALLEY - A NOVEL Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000 Strony / Pages: 288, soft cover ISBN: 0-374-51695-2
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THE LAND OF ULRO Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Farrar-Straus-Giroux, 2000 Strony / Pages: 287, soft cover ISBN: 0-374-51937-4
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ORFEUSZ I EURYDYKA Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo: Literackie, 2003 Strony / Pages: 51, twarda oprawa ISBN: 83-08-03347-4
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EMPEROR OF THE EARTH Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University of California Press, 1999 Strony / Pages: 253, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04503-3
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NATIVE REALM A SEARCH FOR SELF-DEFINITION Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University of California Press, 1984 Strony / Pages: 300, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04474-6
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THE HISTORY OF POLISH LITERATURE Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University of California Press, 1983 Strony / Pages: 583, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04477-0
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NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS Czeslaw Milosz Published by HARPER COLLINS, 2001 Strony / Pages: 776, twarda oprawa ISBN: 0-06-019667-X
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WITNESS OF POETRY Czeslaw Milosz Published by Harvard University Press, 1983 Strony / Pages: 121 ISBN: 0-674-95383-5
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COLLECTED POEMS Czeslaw Milosz Published by The Ecco Press, 1988 Strony / Pages: 511 ISBN: 0-88001-174-2
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TO BEGIN WHERE I AM Czeslaw Milosz Published by: FSG, 2001 Strony / Pages: 462, twarda oprawa ISBN: 0-374-25890-2
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ROAD SIDE DOG Czeslaw Milosz Published by:FSG Strony / Pages: 208, SOFT COVER ISBN: 978-0-374-52623-8
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MILOSZ’S ABC’S Czeslaw Milosz Published by: FSG Strony / Pages: 313, hard cover ISBN: 0-374-19977-9
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POSTWAR POLISH POETRY Czeslaw Milosz Published by UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Strony / Pages: 191, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04476-2
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THE ISSA VALLEY Czeslaw Milosz Published by: FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX Strony / Pages: 288, Hard Cover ISBN: 0-374-51695-2
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