Ryszard Kapuscinski was considered among the most important journalists of the 20th century. Several of his titles — including Shah of Shahs, The Emeperor, and The Soccer War — are considered part of the modern canon. What was not known, at least in the English-speaking world, is that Kapuscinski was also a poet. I Wrote Stone brings together the best of the poems from his published work, offering them for the first time in English. Kapuscinski’s is a thoughtful, philosophic verse, often aphoristic in tone and structure, and as one would expect, engaged politically, morally and viscerally with the world around him.
“Even faced with his oncoming death, a swift bout with cancer, Kapuscinski could not help but retain his tone or reportage. He touches upon the great fear of death with a surprisingly unbiased touch even as the lines are imbued with emotion by the reader, who knows the inevitability and is faced with a posthumous message from beyond.”—Bookslut
“I Wrote Stone” shows us a chronicler of chaos in one of those moments when he has turned off his journalistic processes and given himself up to something else.”—LA Times