I love to swim in the sea, which keeps
talking to itself
in the monotone of a vagabond
who no longer recalls
exactly how long he’s been on the road.
Swimming is like prayer:
palms join and part,
join and part,
almost without end.
from "On Swimming"
Without End draws from each of Adam Zagajewski's English-language collections, both in and out of printTremor, Canvas, and Mysticism for Beginnersand features new work that is among his most refreshing and rewarding. These poems, lucidly translated, share the vocation that allows us, in Zagajewski's words, "to experience astonishment and to stop still in that astonishment for a long moment or two."
Seldom has the muse . . . spoken to anyone with such clarity and urgency as in Zagajewski s case.