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Adam Zagajewski

 
 Adam Zagajewski. Acclaimed Polish Poet
“Seldom has the muse...spoken to anyone with such clarity and urgency as in Zagajewski's case.” —Joseph Brodsky
“Zagajewski is now one of the most familiar and highly regarded names in poetry both in Europe and in this country.” —New York Review of Books


 
Adam Zagajewski was born in Lwów (L’viv) in 1945 and became widely known in the US when his poem "Try to Praise the Mutilated World" offered consolation to a country under attack from the back page of the 9/11 issue of The New Yorker with its black-on-black cover. Zagajewski moved to Paris in 1982, began teaching in the University of Houston Creative Writing program in 1988, and since 2002 he has been splitting his time between Kraków and the US, in recent years serving as a visiting professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Volumes of his poetry published in English include: Tremor, Canvas, Mysticism for Beginners, and Without End. Four collections of essays have also been published: Solidarity, Solitude, Two Cities, Another Beauty, and A Defense of Ardor. In 2004, he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.