Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska has died at the age of 88.
Authorities say the reclusive poet passed away Wednesday evening of lung cancer at her home in Krakow.
Syzmborska's style has been described as reflective and playful because of her approach to serious subjects such as war in Poland, death and torture.
She had published dozens of poems prior to winning the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Associated Press says she had been working on several poems that an associate of Syzmborska says will be published in a book this year.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.