Don't Allow the Lucid Moment to Dissolve

By Adam Zagajewski b. 1945 Adam Zagajewski
Don't allow the lucid moment to dissolve
Let the radiant thought last in stillness
though the page is almost filled and the flame flickers
We haven't risen yet to the level of ourselves
Knowledge grows slowly like a wisdom tooth
The stature of a man is still notched
high up on a white door
From far off, the joyful voice of a trumpet
and of a song rolled up like a cat
What passes doesn't fall into a void
A stoker is still feeding coal into the fire
Don't allow the lucid moment to dissolve
On a hard dry substance
you have to engrave the truth


Adam Zagajewski, "Don’t Allow the Lucid Moments to Dissolve" from Without End: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2002 by Adam Zagajewski. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, www.fsgbooks.com. All rights reserved.

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Source: Without End: New and Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002)

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Poet Adam Zagajewski b. 1945

POET’S REGION Poland

Subjects Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity

 Adam  Zagajewski

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Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1945; as an infant he was relocated with his family to western Poland. He lived in Berlin for a couple of years, moved to France in 1982, and has taught at universities in the United States, including the University of Houston and the University of Chicago. Zagajewski writes in Polish; many of his books of poetry and essays have been translated into English.

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity

POET’S REGION Poland

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