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Continued
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Continued is a selection of poems by Piotr Sommer, spanning his career to date. A kind of poetic utterance, these "talk poems" are devoid of any singsong quality yet faithfully preserve all the melodies and rhythms of colloquial speech. Events and objects of ordinary, everyday life are related and described by the speaker in a deliberately deadpan manner. Yet a closer look at the language he uses, with all its ironic inflections and subtle "intermeanings," reveals that the poem's "message" should be identified more with the way it is spoken than with what it says. The poems in this volume were translated into English with the help of other notable poets, writers, and translators, including John Ashbery, D.J. Enright, and Douglas Dunn.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Shepherd's Song
  1. Morning on Earth
  2. p. 3
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  1. Yesterday
  2. p. 4
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  1. Visibility
  2. p. 5
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  1. Municipal Services
  2. p. 6
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  1. Continued
  2. p. 7
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  1. i.m. Milton Hindus
  2. p. 8
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  1. Short Version
  2. p. 9
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  1. Tomorrow
  2. p. 10
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  1. Shepherd's Song
  2. p. 11
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  1. From Elsewhere
  1. Sometimes.Yes
  2. p. 15
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  1. Lyric Factor and Other Poems
  1. Indiscretions
  2. p. 19
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  1. Candle
  2. p. 20
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  1. Amnesia
  2. p. 21
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  1. Station Lights
  2. p. 22
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  1. Landscape with Branch
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  1. Transparencies
  2. p. 24
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  1. Innocence
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  1. Believe me
  2. p. 26
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  1. Home and Night
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  1. Guesswork
  2. p. 28
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  1. Days of the Week
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  1. Travel Permit, Round Trip
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  1. Leaves and Comes Back
  2. p. 31
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  1. Medicine
  2. p. 32
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  1. According to Brecht
  2. p. 33
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  1. A Certain Tree in Powazki Cemetery
  2. p. 34
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  1. Fragile
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Don't Sleep,Take Notes
  2. p. 37
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  1. Third State
  2. p. 38
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  1. Liberation, in Language
  2. p. 39
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  1. Landscape with Wind
  2. p. 40
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  1. Worldliness
  2. p. 41
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  1. Neolith
  2. p. 42
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  1. Talkativeness
  2. p. 43
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  1. Grammar
  2. p. 44
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  1. Ah, Continuity
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  1. Lighter, Darker
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  1. Proofs
  2. p. 47
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  1. Apolitical Poem
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. Ode to the Carnival
  2. p. 50
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  1. Don't Worry, It Won't Get Lost
  2. p. 51
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  1. Receding Planets of the Rowan Tree
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Out of Town
  2. p. 54
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  1. Prospects in Prose
  2. p. 55
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  1. A Small Treatise on Non-Contradiction
  2. p. 56
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  1. A Maple Leaf
  2. p. 57
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  1. From Elsewhere
  1. Little Graves
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. A Subsequent World
  1. The January Star
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  1. Mikuś, Adam, Wieniek, and Me
  2. p. 68
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  1. Easter
  2. p. 69
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  1. Celebrations
  2. pp. 70-71
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  1. Line
  2. p. 72
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  1. A Visit
  2. p. 73
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  1. Small Cripplings
  2. p. 74
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  1. Hi, Helena
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  1. Space
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  1. Standards from the Seventies
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  1. You Can Walk Tall
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  1. Another World
  2. p. 79
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  1. Hygiene
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  1. Potatoes
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  1. In the Provinces
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  1. One Day
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  1. From Elsewhere
  1. Communication Department
  2. p. 87
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  1. Confirmation
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. What We're Remembered By
  1. First Sentence
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. This Is Certain
  2. p. 95
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  1. Two Poems for Suchy
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. Old Frame Houses of Radość
  2. p. 99
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  1. A Bit More Effort, Please
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  1. Between Bus Stop and Home
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  1. Domestic
  2. p. 102
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  1. Says the Son
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  1. Transportist
  2. p. 104
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  1. Belated Letter
  2. pp. 105-110
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  1. From Elsewhere
  1. Great, Now What
  2. p. 113
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  1. Other Half
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. From the American
  1. Things to Translate
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. List of poems, prose pieces, and translators
  2. pp. 124-127
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  1. About the author
  2. p. 128
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