Even though poet Wistawa Szymborska was the 1996 Nobel Laureate for literature, I didn’t know her work until I took a class led by Peter Spellman on the Polish Poets. It was one of our first Lyceum classes. Six or eight of us gathered in the Directors’ Room of the Library and read Wistawa and Czeslaw Milosz (Nobel Laureate 1980 – literature) to name a few.
Well, I fell hard for Szmborska.
As we look toward fall, I’d like to quote from her 1996 Nobel Lecture.
“…I value the phrase ‘I don’t know’ so highly. It’s small, but it flies on mighty wings. It expands our lives to include spaces within us as well as the outer expanses in which our in which out tiny Earth hangs suspended. If Isaac Newton had never said to himself, ‘I don’t Know,’ the apples in his little orchard might have dropped to the ground like hailstones, and at best he would have stooped to pick them up and gobble them like gusto. “
The thing is there’s so much I don’t know. Likely there are a couple of things you aren’t sure of either, so the easiest thing in the world is to take a class!