Portrait of the artist as a young woman

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One of the misfortunes of late-blooming fame is that people remember you old.

But the long body of time equally remembers the young Julia Hartwig, the Polish poet, essayist, and translator who celebrates her 90th birthday today.

So let’s commemorate the day with his lovely portrait of the artist as a young woman.

Celebrations are being held in her native Lublin, and elsewhere in Poland as well.  Meanwhile, on this side of the ocean, you can catch up with my earlier post here, or catch my profile of her in the July/August World Literature Today, or catch a few video clips here.  Or go to the Web of Stories for more videos here.

Happy birthday, Julia.

because too may of those who distinguished
between what is permanent and ephemeral
have left

– from “Now”


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