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Journal, Day Five April 21, 2006: Wislawa Szymborska’s Do’s and Don’ts Continued (With One Example of How It’s Done) To Esko, from Sieradz: Youth really is an intriguing period in one’s life. If one adds writerly ambitions [...] by

Journal, Day Four April 20, 2006: Wislawa Szymborska’s Tips on Poetry for Daily Use To Ula from Sopot: A definition of poetry in one sentence—well. We know at least five hundred definitions, but none of them strikes us as both [...] by

Journal, Day Three April 19, 2006: Szymborska’s Tips for Beginning Bards, Part Three “In Central and Eastern Europe,” Czeslaw Milosz proclaims, “the word ‘poet’ has a somewhat different meaning from that which it has in [...] by

Journal, Day Two April 18, 2006: The Use and Abuse of Poetry for Life, Part Two, or Wislawa Szymborska’s Do’s and Don’t for Beginning Poets, Continued “Poets are poetry, writers are prose,” Szymborska comments in her [...] by

Journal, Day One April 17, 2006: The Uses and Abuses of Poetry for Life “What would American poets and critics do without the Central Europeans and the Russians to browbeat themselves with?” Maureen McLane exclaims in a recent [...] by