Second Space: New Poems

Second Space New Poems Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz s most recent collection Second Space marks a new stage in one of the great poetic pilgrimages of our time Few poets have inhabited the land of old age as long or energet

  • Title: Second Space: New Poems
  • Author: Czesław Miłosz Robert Hass Robert Haas
  • ISBN: 9780060755249
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz s most recent collection Second Space marks a new stage in one of the great poetic pilgrimages of our time Few poets have inhabited the land of old age as long or energetically as Milosz, for whom this territory holds both openings and closings, affirmations as well as losses Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I feltNobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz s most recent collection Second Space marks a new stage in one of the great poetic pilgrimages of our time Few poets have inhabited the land of old age as long or energetically as Milosz, for whom this territory holds both openings and closings, affirmations as well as losses Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning, he writes in Late Ripeness Elsewhere he laments the loss of his voracious vision My wondrously quick eyes, you saw many things, Lands and cities, islands and oceans only to discover a new light that defies the limits of physical sight Without eyes, my gaze is fixed on one bright point, That grows large and takes me in Second Space is typically capacious in the range of voices, forms, and subjects it embraces It moves seamlessly from dramatic monologues to theological treatises, from philosophy and history to epigrams, elegies, and metaphysical meditations It is unified by Milosz s ongoing quest to find the bond linking the things of this world with the order of a second space, shaped not by necessity, but grace Second Space invites us to accompany a self proclaimed apprentice on this extraordinary quest In Treatise on Theology, Milosz calls himself a one day s master He is, of course, far than this Second Space reveals an artist peerless both in his capacity to confront the world s suffering and in his eagerness to embrace its joys Sun And sky And in the sky white clouds Only now everything cried to him Eurydice How will I live without you, my consoling one But there was a fragrant scent of herbs, the low humming of bees, And he fell asleep with his cheek on the sun warmed earth.

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    1. Meh. On one hand it's remarkable that Milosz was still writing at a high level so late in life (and several of these poems are quite good). But boy, there's a lot of prosey stuff that is, well, prose (and I'm flexible on that). The Robert Hass effect? There are also two long "poems" that eat up about half the book. And I didn't like them. Milosz is at his best when dealing with memory. He's kind of boring when he starts meditating on religion. I actually love religious poetry, but I also set a h [...]

    2. Milosz' Second Space"Second Space" is a collection of thirty-two poems on religious themes by Czeslaw Milosz (1911 -- 2004) written when the poet was in his 90s. The poems are heavily autobiographical in tone, meditative, and reflective. They deal with Milosz' struggle for religious, and in particular Catholic, faith in a world of secularism, mechanism, and suffering. They also describe the conflict in Milosz' own life between the call to the religious life and the lure of the world, with its na [...]

    3. Admittedly, in this age of lowbrow, quick-fix culture, I forget how rich an experience reading poetry can be. Like much of today's visual art, contemporary poetry can be obtuse, exclusive, and too enamored of itself to connect with anyone and because of this be held up by the so-called champions of higher culture, whether they really like or understand it at all.Milosz is one of the 20th century's master practitioners and this collection reinforces his standing as such. This series of poems, fra [...]

    4. This is the first full book of Milosz's work I've read and I'm astounded. I just wasn't expecting this voice. You know, sometimes you know someone by their face, and then you meet them and their voice is angelic in a totally unexpected and enchanting way. There are long passages that are touching but impossible to quote satisfactorily. And there are flashes of brilliance. This book, like one of the characters within its pages, wanders "the outskirts of heresy." Full of faith you can't see clearl [...]

    5. Subtitle: Meditations on God, Life, and Death; When Death is Near, What Do We Think About? I read this because The Issa Valley was my first encounter with Milosz, and I didn't know that he was mostly known as a poet, not as a novelist. I figured he had to be a poet because of the way he writes prose, but I didn't really think about it until I saw one of his poetry collections. Most of these poems made an impression on me. I didn't read the book consistently; I like to read poetry out loud, so I [...]

    6. really honest, insightful stuff from a genius at the end of his life. a book about what it means to be human, to strive for faith, to walk among other humans and pretend everything is ok.

    7. Theology and philosophy. This was a heavy read by a man in the twilight of his life. I most liked the first poem, Second Space, but found I just couldn’t connect with most of the rest of the book. I found it incredibly depressing and, if I hadn’t picked this up as part of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, I would have set it aside. Not my cup of tea.

    8. I enjoyed the first part of this collection much more than I did the later pages. Despite that, Milosz's writing reads like ocean waves, buoying the reader along in new and unexpected ways. I will definitely consider reading more of his work.

    9. Funny. The musings of people who, near death, begin to question all they have believed. Perhaps that is not entirely true, perhaps Miłosz raised these questons before, but is just now acknowledging them. At any rate, he denies approaching death as the provocation for these musings on the antagonism of reason and emotion (religion), since he first questioned his beliefs in high school. But is is funny to me, since I questioned all these things so long ago myself and was able to decide those thin [...]

    10. Second Space is a collection of poems that reveal the search for another universe, realm, sense of being, separate from, parallel to, and slightly more divine than the human experience. It's translated by Milosz himself along with Robert Hass. While I skimmed through Part III: Treatise On Theology (I just couldn't--too deep and profound), I found a simple solace in reading his poems. The very first poem after which the collection is named is my favorite. It pleads that the something more out the [...]

    11. M seems to have given it a 4 at some point, I think I might have to go with a 3 myself. I read the book cover to cover which for me, regarding poetry, is a minor miracle. I enjoyed his voice though not being 80 or so years old and looking back on my life makes it a bit hard to relate to the content therein. The Treatise on Theology was really interesting and I generally enjoyed that section, as well as Father Severinus. I liked the section titled Apprentice, because of the notes accompanying it, [...]

    12. This last collection of poems by Milosz is remarkable for its clarity and inner vision. Now an old man approaching his last days, Milosz is finally able to let go of his life, his self, and his lameness, so that he can write un-selfconsciously about what is left in his mind. He writes: "Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their so [...]

    13. I've decided that I don't have enough poetry in my life and know absolutely nothing about poets who write in languages other than English. In an effort to experience at least a bit of world poetry, I've picked a few authors who seem well-regarded. This collection was an excellent start to this endeavor. I'm not at all familiar with Milosz's work, but thoroughly enjoyed this collection. He lost me a bit with some of the dialogue with Swedenborg, but the poems tied to memories and to an aging body [...]

    14. I'm never really sure how to review poems, especially collections like this, from an old European catholic who saw most of the 20th century. It's a perspective my life lacks almost entirely, so to see the world from his eyes is familiar and strange at the same time, in the way a school librarian might be. He's mostly looking back on his storied life, or forward to death, and trying to reconcile his faith with his experience. It feels very quick; passages feel spoken and unlabored, and this effor [...]

    15. A moving collections of poems reflecting on aging and religious doubt. An oddity about this book, done otherwise with evident care, is that the name of the author is printed without using the Polish letter "l" with a diacritical stroke through it: ł. uses this letter in giving the author of the book, but the book itself does not! "ł" is pronounced like a "w" is in English, so it makes quite a difference. I assume his name is pronounced: Chess-wav Mee-wash.

    16. This is one of the rare poetry collections that I've actually read in its entirety. I appreciate Milosz reflections on faith in a violent world (particularly the fallout of WWII and the Cold War). I read these poems alongside Graham Greene and Shusaku Endo and they were an apt compliment.

    17. 2.5 stars. I didn't like or dislike any of the poems as much as those in Facing the River, the only other thing I've read by Milosz.Favorites:WerkiA Master of My CraftI Should NowEyesA Young ManIn Vain

    18. Excellent reflections on religion and the reality of aging by one of the most important Polish poets of the twentieth century.

    19. I've always loved Milosz, and this is interesting given its one of his last collections. However, it's just a bit too Christian for my tastes.

    20. There were moments of extreme poignance, but on the whole it didn't seem like a strong collection, or I was just too burdened by the theology to really feel it as poetry.

    21. I am a biased fan of his life's works, and would recommend everything he as written. Terrible and uninformative reviewAh well.

    22. He wrote this book when he was 94, the same year that he died. Unbelievably wise book, highly religious, but still filled with new questions about being. Highly recommended.

    23. Simic might define Milosz as a "mythic poet" - a lot of his poems read a bit like dreams; but a number also read like histories. I generally like the poems, but the Christian angle often loses me.

    24. I only recently discovered this wise poet, who lived through World War II, the communist takeover, and ended his life in Berkeley, CA.

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