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              Wislawa Szymborska (1923-)
Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

                       GOING HOME

First Line: He came home. Said nothing.

This poem is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed without permission of the copyright holder. Titled Powroty in Polish, it appeared in Szymborska's 1972 collection Wsezlki Wypadek ("Could Have"). It can be found both in Polish and English translation in:

  • Szymborska, Wislawa. Nothing Twice: Selected Poems. Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, eds. and trans. Krakow: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1997.

    Szymborska was award the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."