Ryszard Krynicki codirects the publishing house a5 in Krakow and in 2015 received the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Prize. A reissue of his 1978 collection Our Life Grows will be published by New York Review Books in November. His poem in this issue is drawn from Magnetic Point: Selected Poems, translated by Clare Cavanagh, which will be published in November by New ­Directions. (November 2017)



He’ll leave behind dozens of books, a couple of engravings, a green coat, one quilt, seven shirts, and a few other objects. —Leszek Kolakowski You open your hand cautiously, it’s blind and dumb. Shameless, stripped bare. Stamped, entered in the records. Spinoza’s friends are gone now, so are those …