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On February 13, 2010 at the Green Lake Library in Seattle, Polish Book Club  and Polish Home Foundation presented a special Polish poetry reading event. Kazimierz Poznanski, a professor at the UW and an accomplished writer, read excerpts from his "Długi wiersz" (“The Long Poem”) The book which consists of 60  poems, reflecting on love, life and loss, is going to be published in 2010 by LSW.

Kazimierz Poznanski was born in Poland, but has lived in the United States since 1980 when he was invited to be a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. Next he taught at Cornell University and Northwestern University. He has been a professor of Economics at the University of Washington since 1987. He published books with the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and the Cambridge University Press in 1996.

His first book of popular essays Grand Scheme, published initially in Poland in 2001, was a national bestseller with about eighty thousand copies sold. Since then, he has published weekly essays based on the various debates initiated by this book in different countries.

 From a family with a long tradition of painting and art collecting (his grand uncle Otto Ostrihansky /1895-1970/ was a Vienna-based Austrian painter and art professor) Kazimierz Poznanski is a collector of modernist Chinese painting and an accomplished painter who has shown his works in China, Canada and the United States.

It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.  
Vincent van Gogh

 

 

February 13, 2010, Green  Lake Library - Kazimierz Poznanski poetry reading


Obraz: Renia czytająca, Wojciech Weiss, 1910