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Marvin Minsky


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Poetry Readings: "Seated woman"

Julia Hartwig - Poet

Seated woman. This is a kind of poetic portrait.


Wind wrinkles the pond's surface like a pale skin

Do the weak love water? Do they seek resemblances in it?

Wrapped in a blanket though the autumn is mild

she doesn't even pretend to read

books have floated away like the plastic bag

carried over the pond imitating a swan

She sits with her face to the water

Happiness is to return

from behind hospital gates into the arms of the world


She sits with her face to the water

the green dress recalls the pond's murky pattern

on her head the bright tulip of a hat

its brim drooping as if wilted and discouraged

she spreads her hands contemplating her fingers

then quickly hides them from sight

On the shore enormous weedy leaves of burdocks

are like a carpet flying just above the ground

For a moment the sun adorns its chosen patch of water with bright colours

and the willows glisten


Taken from 'In Praise of the Unfinished: Selected Poems' (2008) translated, from the Polish, by John and Bogdana Carpenter.

Marvin Minsky - Scientist
Marvin Minsky - Scientist