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3 5 t h  A n n i v e r s a r y  S e a s o n

Founding Director: Joseph Cuomo

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 7pm, Music Building, $20

A Centennial Celebration
of the Work of CzesŁaw MiŁosz
with
C L A R E   C A V A N A G H
R o B E R T   H a S S
E D W A R D   H I R S C H   &
A D A M   Z A G A J E W S K I

CzesŁaw MIŁOSZ (1911-2004) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. He was the author of numerous volumes of poetry that have been translated into English, including New and Collected Poems 1931-2001, A Treatise on Poetry, and Second Space, as well as numerous volumes of nonfiction, including The Captive Mind and Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition. Publishers Weekly has said: “Underlying Miłosz’s writing is the constant, pained consciousness of having lived through WWII and the Holocaust…It would be difficult to overstate the brilliance and breadth of vision of this Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet…” The New York Times Book Review has said: “[Miłosz’s] entire effort is directed toward a confrontation with experience—and not with personal experience alone, but with history in all its paradoxical horror and wonder…. Few other living poets have argued as convincingly for the nobility and value of the poet’s calling.” The New Republic has said: “Nobody tells the story of this age better than Czesław Miłosz.” Booklist has said: “Miłosz is one of the most compelling and universally relevant voices of this century.” Joseph Brodsky has said: “I have no hesitation whatsoever in stating that Czesław Miłosz is one of the greatest poets of our time, perhaps the greatest.”





CLARE CAVANAGH
is the author of the forthcoming biography Czesław Miłosz and His Age: A Critical Life, and she is the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize-winning translator of the poetry of Adam Zagajewski and Wislawa Szymborska.





RoBERT HaSS is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and he is also a former Poet Laureate of the United States. He is the author of many volumes of poetry, including The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. Mr. Hass worked with Czesław Miłosz to translate a dozen volumes of Mr. Miłosz’s poetry. Booklist has said: “[Hass] is a giving, honest, sensual, moody, and plainspoken poet, a tireless bard who sings of our sorrows and joys, our perversities and strengths.” The New Yorker has said: “Hass is able to aestheticize loss without succumbing to either nostalgia or self-consciousness…. [His poems] prove both meditative and emotional…plangent and ecstatic.” The Atlantic Monthly has said: “No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass.”


EDWARD HIRSCH is the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of many volumes of poetry, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems. The Los Angeles Times Book Review has said: “Hirsch’s poems [are] compassionate, reverential, sometimes relievingly ruthless…. It takes a brave poet to follow Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton into the abyss.” The Yale Review has said: “However conversant with the abyss, however true to the devastating logic of desire, [Hirsch’s] poems ultimately feel triumphant. They are held aloft by nothing but their own joyous artistry.”


ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI is the Neustadt International Prize-winning author of many volumes of poetry that have been translated into English, including Without End: New and Selected Poems and Eternal Enemies, as well as the books of essays, Solidarity, Solitude; Two Cities; Another Beauty, and A Defense of Ardor. The New York Review of Books has said: “[Zagajewski’s] poems celebrate those rare moments when we catch a glimpse of a world from which all labels have been unpeeled…Indespensible.” The New York Times Book Review has said: “Zagajewski’s poems pull us from whatever routine threatens to dull our senses, from whatever might lull us into mere existence….Astonishing.” Derek Walcott, writing in The New Republic, has said: “[Zagajewski’s] poems enter and possess you quietly…. His is the quiet voice at the corner of the immense devastations of an obscene century, more intimate than Auden, yet as cosmopolitan as Miłosz, Celan, or Brodsky.” Czesław Miłosz described Mr. Zagajewski as “a major poet.”

Ms. Cavanagh, Mr. Hass, Mr. Hirsch, and Mr. Zagajewski will read from, and discuss, the work of Czesław Miłosz in a roundtable, with Mr. Hirsch also serving as moderator.

photo of Czesław Miłosz: Jerry Bauer; photo of Robert Hass: Margaretta Mitchell; photo of Edward Hirsch: Evin Thayer ; photo of Adam Zagajewski: Jerry Bauer





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