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Poems New and Collected, 1957-1997
296 pages; Mariner Books
Szymborska is a Polish poet who won the Nobel Prize pondering ordinary amazements, like how "a small and airy cloud is able to upstage the massive moon." Full of wisdom, irony and wit, these poems push us to see the complexities of the world afresh and to ask: What is true love? Why are we here? Are our lives ruled by fate or luck?

Deborah Landau is the author of Orchidelirium and The Last Usable Hour.
— Deborah Landau