March/April 2011

Kings

A new poem

by Adam Zagajewski
          I’m a student

Those were days when I walked around a little hungry,
a little dazed, and desire spoke to me
violently. A little lonely,
slightly happy, a bit the actor of myself,
...

—translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh

We hope you enjoy this excerpt.

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Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945. His previous books include Tremor (1985), Canvas (1992), Mysticism for Beginners (1997), Without End (2002), Solidarity, Solitude (1990), Two Cities (1995), Another Beauty (2000), In Defense of Ardor (2002), and Eternal Enemies (2008). He lives in Chicago and Krakow. “Kings,” in this issue, is forthcoming from Unseen Hand: Poems, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC, in June.

Clare Cavanagh is a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University, and has also translated the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska.

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