Who is Czeslaw MiloszCzesław Miłosz (, also US: , Polish: [ˈtʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004) was a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat. Regarded as one of the great poets of the 20th century, he won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. In its citation, the Swedish Academy called Miłosz a writer who "voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts".Miłosz survived the German occupation of Warsaw during World War II and became a cultural attaché for the Polish government during the postwar period. When communist authorities threatened his safety, he defected to France and ultimately chose exile in the United States, where he became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His poetry—particularly about his wartime experienc...
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- An Hour
Leaves glowing in the sun, zealous hum of bumblebees,
From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices
And the unhurried sounds of a hammer gave joy not only to me.
Before the five senses were opened, and earlier than any beginning ...
You whom I could not save
Listen to me.
Try to understand this simple speech as I would be ashamed of another.
I swear, there is in me no wizardry of words. ...
- Not Mine
All my life to pretend this world of theirs is mine
And to know such pretending is disgraceful.
But what can I do? Suppose I suddenly screamed
And started to prophesy. No one would hear me. ...
- Conversation With Jeanne
Let us not talk philosophy, drop it, Jeanne.
So many words, so much paper, who can stand it.
I told you the truth about my distancing myself.
I've stopped worrying about my misshapen life. ...
Now that a revolution really is needed, those who were fervent are quite cool.
While a country murdered and raped calls for help from the Europe which it had trusted, they yawn.
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Comments about Czeslaw MiloszJeremiah820: my monthly book review round-up:
Fedeitaliano76: my lord, i loved strawberry jam and the dark sweetness of a woman’s body. also well-chilled vodka, herring in olive oil, scents, of cinnamon, of cloves. so what kind of prophet am i? —czeslaw milosz ('a confession', 1985)
Thepublicsquare: czesław miłosz, while famous in poland and in poetry circles, is a name unfamiliar to most californians. but he remains the only faculty member in the university of california system to win a nobel prize in literature.
Chaven: "czesław miłosz: a california life," just featured in "the san francisco chronicle" and "san jose mercury," is sold out at amazon. if you don't want to wait, you can order directly from heyday in berkeley:
Robertaszabo: learning to believe you are magnificent. and gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. enough labor for one human life. czesław miłosz
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Jonathan Hirschfeld: I felt I had been invited to look, even to scrutinise, but perhaps not to see.
Against Oblivion - PN Review 257, Volume 47 Number 3, January - February 2021.