Posts Tagged ‘Czesław Miłosz’

Barbara Hoffert at Library Journal provides a nice preview of upcoming poetry publications here.

Highlights:

  • Alice Notley, one of the most experimental and visionary poets working today, will publish  a new book, Songs and Stories of the Ghouls.
  • A new Selected by Nobel Prize winner, Czeslaw Milsosz, Selected and Last Poems: 1931-2004, includes 40 late poems, including a number translated by his son.
  • A new Selected by the great German Expressionist, George Trakl,  Song of the Departed: Selected Poems of Georg Trakl, translated by Robert Firmage.
  • Plus new books by D. A. Powell, Nathaniel Mackey, Yves Bonnefoy and many others…
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A Story

Now I will tell Meader’s story; I have a moral in view.
He was pestered by a grizzly so bold and malicious
That he used to snatch caribou meat from the eaves of the cabin.
Not only that. He ignored men and was unafraid of fire.
One night he started battering the door
And broke the window with his paw, so they curled up
With their shotguns beside them, and waited for the dawn.
He came back in the evening, and Meader shot him at close range,
Under the left shoulder blade. Then it was jump and run,
A real storm of a run: a grizzly, Meader says,
Even when he’s been hit in the heart, will keep running
Until he falls down. Later, Meader found him
By following the trail – and then he understood
What lay behind the bear’s odd behaviour:
Half of the beast’s jaw was eaten away by an abscess, and caries.
Toothache, for years. An ache without comprehensible reason,
Which often drives us to senseless action
And gives us blind courage. We have nothing to lose,
We come out of the forest, and not always with the hope
That we will be cured by some dentist from heaven.

–Csezlaw Milosz