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“And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.
2019-09-04 09:00:00

It’s clouding up in the heavens, he said, wrinkling his brow,
craning his neck. A friend from biochem.
That one short sentence hauls his face and name
through time.

Dirty water after a bath. The child calls it
Transmoocent! And then forgets.
Long after that moment has swirled down the drain,
the word suddenly returns.

Just as you hear again years later
the old (to you, then) geography teacher:
because of tectonic shifts, boys and girls,
the Appalachian beauts formed

And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.
The shadow of the child splashes transmoocent water.
It’s getting dark. The heavens are clouding up
above the beautiful masses of buttes.


Translated by Karen Kovacik


Krystyna Dąbrowska

was born in 1979. She is a poet, translator and essayist. She graduated from Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has published four books of poetry. The most recent one is “Ścieżki dźwiękowe” [Soundtracks]. She has received the Kościelski Award (2013), the Wisława Szymborska Award (2013) and the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw (2019). She lives and works in Warsaw.