Poetry Reading by Anna Swirszczynska

Poetry Reading

I’m curled into a ball

like a dog

that is cold.


Who will tell me

why I was born,

why this monstrosity

called life.


The telephone rings. I have to give

a poetry reading.


I enter.

A hundred people, a hundred pairs of eyes.

They look, they wait.

I know for what.


I am supposed to tell them

why they were born,

why there is

this monstrosity called life.




Steve Jobs said that.

‘When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.’

– Steve Jobs