We started our summer #FridayReads, which are dedicated to the most intriguing summer reads by women, started light and modern and as our reading has gone on through the summer we’ve found it taking deeper and richer turns. We recommend picking up the collected works of Wisława Szymborska One of only 13 women to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (out of 111 total laureates making her as about as rare as a female CEO Fortune 100). Szymborska was recognized by the Nobel committee “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.
Described by Robert Hass as “unquestionably one of the great living European poets” and by Charles Simic as “one of the finest poets living today,” Szymborska mesmerizes her readers with poetry that captivates their minds and captures their hearts. Much of her work was spread of journals, smaller magazines or remained out of print. But we have now a definitive, complete collection of poetry by the Nobel Prize-winning poet, including 164 poems in all, as well as the full text of her Nobel acceptance speech of December 7, 1996