At least – Monika Kawiak

Stay sharp

Keep the rudder steady

And stay away

From drylands


You will hear voices

But no need to feel fear

It’s not your loved ones

Calling you home

It is just the sea

Singing you to sleep


And promising

You will find all answers

To all troubling questions

Laying on its smooth floor

And yes it will be to late

But at least it will be forever

I was born in 1982 in Gdynia, a Polish town that is said to have been built “from the dreams and sea”. After graduating from the University in Gdansk (specialization in History) I mostly worked as a Managing Editor for a publishing house. I have moved to Portland in October 2017, just in time to help as a volunteer at the Portland Book Festival. My life in a new city has been connected with books ever since. Luckily for me, at the beginning of summer 2018, I became a part of the Inventory team at Powell’s. I spend my free time reading or admiring Pacific Northwest’s nature, and, from time to time, trying to write my Polish thoughts using English words.

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