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Neven Karlovac is an engineer
and a business executive living in Pacific Palisades. Interested in poetry since
youth, he discovered later that poetry is lighter to carry around on business
travels, and that reciting poetry is the best cure for commuting pains. But he
got really hooked after discovering Czeslav Milosz: he found in this Nobel
prize-winning poet a real soul mate in spite of his intimidating Polish name (fyi,
it is pronounced "Cheswav Miwosh'). Neven will recite a selection of his
favorite Milosz poems at the April Moonday.
Neven is attracted by Milosz's enormous erudition and philosophical depth and a rare ability to speak simply and directly to the heart. Here is one of his earliest and most beautiful poems:
We were riding through frozen fields in a
wagon at dawn.
And suddenly a hare ran across the road.
That was long ago. Today neither of them
O my love, where are they, where are they
By Czeslaw Milosz from New and Collected Poems 1931-2001, Ecco/HarperCollins, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Lillian Vallee
© Czeslaw Milosz and
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