In 1982 he moved to Paris, where his mature work flowered, and he produced work that explored the relationship of the indvidual and history, reality, and art. "Seldom has the muse of poetry spoken to anyone with such clarity and urgency," wrote Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, "as in Zagjewski's case." His collections of poems in English include Tremor (1985), Canvas (1991), Mysticism for Beginners (1997), and Without End (2002). A pioneer of the modern prose poem, Zagajewski's collections of essays include Two Cities (1995) and Another Beauty (2000). He was awarded the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2004, and teaches half the year at the University of Houston.