Poetry of Wisława Szymborska

Thursday, April 12, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum

Hammer Readings

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Free and open to the public.


UCLA Hammer Museum
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Co-presented by the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Hammer Poetry Series

Polish artist and Holocaust survivor Alina Szapocznikow reflected on the ephemeral condition of human life in her work. This program presents the work of the late Polish poet Wisława Szymborska to provide cultural context for Szapocznikow’s experience.

Szymborska, born in Prowent, Poland, in 1923, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996 “for poetry that with ironic expression allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.” Szymborska died earlier this year in Krakow. She was 88.

Actress Beata Pozniak and poet-scholars Piotr Florczyk, Roman Koropeckyj, and Stephen Yenser read from her works, both in English and in their original Polish.

Poetry. This series of readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large and Blue Guide.

All Hammer public programs are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability.

Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

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