Translated from the Polish by Madeline G. Levine
Listening last night to Natalie Long talking about Poland and mentioning Czeslaw Milosz reminded me of reading his ABC’s back in 2001. Around that time I had been reading the Cuban Reinaldo Arenas and the Uruguayan Eduardo Galeano. I was searching for a “form” to put together my scattered and varied materials pertaining to life with Mev Puleo. All three of them provided encouragement to synthesize a form of collage/mosaic for the telling of that story.
Turning back now to those ABC’s, here are the alphabetical entries that fill his 313-page book.
Adam and Eve
“What splendor! What poverty! What humanity! What inhumanity! What mutual goodwill! What individual isolation! What loyalty to the ideal! What hypocrisy! What a triumph of conscience! What perversity! The America of contradictions can, not must, reveal itself to immigrants who have made it here. Those who have not made it will see only its brutality.” 25
“Of American poets, I will always have the greatest affinity with Walt Whitman.”
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