Kendra Steiner Editions

December 22, 2008

from Wislawa Szymborska’s 1996 Nobel Prize speech

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 7:41 am

“Poets, if they’re genuine, must…keep repeating “I don’t know.” Each poem marks an effort to answer this statement, but as soon as the final period hits the page, the poet begins to hesitate, starts to realize that this particular answer was makeshift, absolutely inadequate. So poets keep on trying, and sooner or later the consecutive results of their self-dissatisfaction are clipped together with a giant paperclip by literary historians and called their oeuvres.”

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