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Kamienska, who died in 1986, is well known in Poland, where her two volumes of intensely focused, intensely religious diaries have many admirers. A selection of these diaries is included in Astonishments, and they are indeed astonishing. The poems are lucid and moving, especially one called “A Prayer That Will Be Answered.”

If you don’t know Traherne’s rich, rapturous poems and devotional meditations, this book is a great place to start. And if you already know this 17th-century writer, this book is still full of surprises, as it contains material that was discovered in 1996. The surrounding commentary is uniformly brilliant.


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