Other Literary Forms
Wisława Szymborska is primarily a poet, but she also published several collections of short articles written during her career as a columnist at the weekly Życie Literackie in the years 1968-1981. Lektury nadobowiązkowe (1973; nonrequired reading) is a collection of witty, short essays inspired by a vast and eclectic selection of books ranging from the classics of literature to cooking and gardening manuals. Szymborska began publishing Lektury nadobowiązkowe in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza in the mid-1990’s.
In Życie Literackie, Szymborska also hosted (anonymously) a column for aspiring writers. Her witty responses to hopeful writers have been collected in the volume Poczta literacka (literary mail, 2000).