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Though Anna Swir (sfihr) began writing and publishing poetry in the 1930’s, she was known principally as the author of children’s stories and plays until later in her career. Not until decades after World War II was Swir able to develop the spare, economical style that characterizes her mature work and has drawn so many admirers. Although Swir did not write literary criticism, her translator and fellow poet Czesaw Miosz, in the introduction to Talking to My Body, quotes several of Swir’s memorable aphorisms about writing, including “the poet should be as sensitive as an aching tooth.”