Saturday, February 22, 2020

Brian Beatty On Zbigniew Herbert

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

Zbigniew Herbert

You welcomed guests
from a folding chair 
in your garden

no one noticing 
as you sank slowly   
quietly into the earth.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. Herbert's Mr. Cogito came to my attention as a review copy sent to a literary magazine I worked on in grad school. I'd never seen poems of such political/historical scope handled with such a lightness of touch.

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