‘Ars Poetica?’ by Czeslaw Milosz

‘Ars Poetica?’

by Czeslaw Milosz

“I have always aspired to a more spacious form
that would be free from the claims of poetry or prose
and would let us understand each other without exposing
the author or reader to sublime agonies.

In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent:
a thing is brought forth which we didn’t know we had in us,
so we blink our eyes, as if a tiger had sprung out
and stood in the light, lashing his tail…”

You can read the complete poem here. Czeslaw Milosz was born on this day in 1911, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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