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The poems in this book cite instants of contemplation, crucial if unremarkable moments in the lives of the poet's heroes - Schubert, Simone Weil, Mozart and Bruckner - and in his own experience. The minutiae of daily life are pitted against the more sinister moments of politics and history. Adam Zagajewski is the author of "Tremor".

Canvas 1993, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571169061

Mass-market paperback

Canvas 1992, Farrar Straus Giroux

ISBN-13: 9780374118679