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Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska in 1996, the same year she won the Nobel Prize in literature. Szymborska, who was born in 1923, died Wednesday in Krakow, Poland. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Wislawa Szymborska, Poet Of Gentle Irony, Dies At 88­

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