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Wislawa Szymborska Has Died

Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska has passed away. She was 88 years old.

Here’s more from her Nobel biography: “Szymborska was born in Kórnik in Western Poland on 2 July 1923. Since 1931 she has been living in Krakow, where during 1945-1948 she studied Polish Literature and Sociology at the Jagiellonian University. Szymborska made her début in March 1945 with a poem “Szukam slowa” (I am Looking for a Word) in the daily Dziennik Polski. During 1953-1981 she worked as poetry editor and columnist in the Kraków literary weekly Zycie Literackie.”

She ended a poem about Charles Darwin by celebrating the “indispensable silver lining” of novels, a fond way to remember literary life of the great poet.

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Twitter Book: Poetry Edition

30poets30days.jpgTwitter is a busy, crowded place. You can always write one more post pointing out some strange new thing on Twitter. To cope with the crowded Twitter-sphere, GalleyCat (@ronhogan and @jasonboog) will occasionally round-up literary news in an imaginary Twitter Book.

Rachel Sklar (who suggested this new feature) toured a Barnes & Noble, live-twittering her thoughts about the stacks.

Granta posted a poem by Wislawa Szymborska about meeting her teenage self.

Gregory K. launched 30 Poets/30 Days for National Poetry Month, featuring “a previously unpublished poem by a different children’s poet each day of April.”