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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SOULby Wislawa Szymborska,
translated by Joanna Trzeciak
Also by Wislawa Szymborska:
A Word on Statistics (1997)
An Audible Anthology
A soul is something we have every now and then.
Nobody has one all the time
Day after day,
Only sometimes in rapture
It rarely assists us
When we're filling out questionnaires
Out of our thousand conversations
When the body starts to ache and ache
It doesn't see joy and sorrow
Of all material objects
It doesn't state where it comes from
Wislawa Szymborska received the Goethe Award in 1991, the Herder Award in 1995, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Joanna Trzeciak lives in Chicago. A collection of her translations of Szymborska's poetry will be published next April.
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