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Continued

Piotr Sommer

Publication Year: 2005

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.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-

Most of these poems were first published in the Polish collections listed in the table of contents. "Prospects in Prose," "Communication Department," "Sometimes, Yes," and "Great, Now What" first appeared in Nowe stosunki wyrazow (New relations of words, 1997)- "Little Graves," ...

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xv

Piotr Sommer's poetic excavations of the quotidian will, I hope, be a cause for real excitement among American readers unfamiliar with his work. The poems themselves are quite approachable and need little by way of explanation. But allow me to share a few thoughts about the work and the poet that may be helpful. ...

Shepherd's Song

Morning on Earth

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pp. 3-

Yesterday

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pp. 4-

Visibility

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pp. 5-

Municipal Services

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pp. 6-

Continued

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pp. 7-

i.m. Milton Hindus

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pp. 8-

Short Version

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pp. 9-

Tomorrow

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pp. 10-

Shepherd's Song

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pp. 11-

From Elsewhere

Sometimes.Yes

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pp. 15-

Lyric Factor and Other Poems

Indiscretions

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pp. 19-

Candle

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pp. 20-

Amnesia

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pp. 21-

Station Lights

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pp. 22-

Landscape with Branch

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pp. 23-

Transparencies

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pp. 24-

Innocence

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pp. 25-

Believe me

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pp. 26-

Home and Night

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pp. 27-

Guesswork

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pp. 28-

Days of the Week

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pp. 29-

Travel Permit, Round Trip

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pp. 30-

Leaves and Comes Back

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pp. 31-

Medicine

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pp. 32-

According to Brecht

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pp. 33-

A Certain Tree in Powazki Cemetery

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pp. 34-

Fragile

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pp. 35-36

Don't Sleep,Take Notes

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pp. 37-

Third State

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pp. 38-

Liberation, in Language

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pp. 39-

Landscape with Wind

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pp. 40-

Worldliness

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pp. 41-

Neolith

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pp. 42-

Talkativeness

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pp. 43-

Grammar

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pp. 44-

Ah, Continuity

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pp. 45-

Lighter, Darker

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pp. 46-

Proofs

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pp. 47-

Apolitical Poem

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pp. 48-49

Ode to the Carnival

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pp. 50-

Don't Worry, It Won't Get Lost

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pp. 51-

Receding Planets of the Rowan Tree

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pp. 52-53

Out of Town

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pp. 54-

Prospects in Prose

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pp. 55-

A Small Treatise on Non-Contradiction

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pp. 56-

A Maple Leaf

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pp. 57-

From Elsewhere

Little Graves

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pp. 61-64

A Subsequent World

The January Star

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pp. 67-

Mikuś, Adam, Wieniek, and Me

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pp. 68-

Easter

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pp. 69-

Celebrations

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pp. 70-71

Line

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pp. 72-

A Visit

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pp. 73-

Small Cripplings

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pp. 74-

Hi, Helena

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pp. 75-

Space

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pp. 76-

Standards from the Seventies

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pp. 77-

You Can Walk Tall

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pp. 78-

Another World

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pp. 79-

Hygiene

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pp. 80-

Potatoes

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pp. 81-

In the Provinces

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pp. 82-

One Day

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pp. 83-

From Elsewhere

Communication Department

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pp. 87-

Confirmation

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pp. 88-89

What We're Remembered By

First Sentence

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pp. 93-94

This Is Certain

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pp. 95-

Two Poems for Suchy

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pp. 96-98

Old Frame Houses of Radość

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pp. 99-

A Bit More Effort, Please

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pp. 100-

Between Bus Stop and Home

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pp. 101-

Domestic

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pp. 102-

Says the Son

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pp. 103-

Transportist

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pp. 104-

Belated Letter

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pp. 105-110

From Elsewhere

Great, Now What

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pp. 113-

Other Half

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pp. 114-115

From the American

Things to Translate

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pp. 119-123

List of poems, prose pieces, and translators

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pp. 124-127

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About the author

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pp. 128-

Piotr Sommer grew up in Otwock, a small town outside of Warsaw. He studied English at the University of Warsaw, and now edits Literatura na Sruierie (World literature), a Polish magazine of international writing. He has taught poetry at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and the Universities ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569752
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819567673

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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  • Sommer, Piotr, 1948- -- Translations into English.
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