Aaron, Jonathan. “In the Absence of Witnesses: The Poetry of Wisława Szymborska.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review 11, no. 2 (1981/1982): 254-264. An insightful overview of the major themes in Szymborska’s poetry based on the 1981 and 1982 English language collections of her poems.
Balbus, Stanisław, and Dorota Wojda, eds. Radosc czytania Szymborskiej. Cracow: Znak, 1996. A collection of seminal essays dealing with Szymborska’s work, written by prominent Polish poets, critics and journalists. Available only in Polish.
Cavanagh, Clare. “Poetry and Ideology: The Example of Wisława Szymborska.” Literary Imagination 2, no. 1 (1999): 174-190. An analysis of Szymborska’s poetry written by its American translator. Cavanagh emphasizes the dialogical character of Szymborska’s work, as well as its affinities with poststructuralist thought.
Czerniawski, Adam, ed. The Mature Laurel: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry. Chester Springs, Pa.: Dufour, 1991. A collection of essays dealing with twentieth century Polish poets. Two important articles on Szymborska appear in a collection: Adam Czerniawski, “Poets and Painters,” and Edward Rogerson, “Anti-Romanticism: Distance.”
Krynski, Magnus J., and Robert A. Maguire. Introduction to Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems by Wisława Szymborska. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981. This good English-language collection of Szymborska’s poetry contains an excellent introduction discussing the poet and her work.
Legezynska, Anna. Wisława Szymborska. Poznań, Poland: Rebis, 1996. This extremely helpful work contains Szymborska’s biography and a careful analysis of each poetry collection. In Polish.