Stained Glass reviewed

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A new review of Stained Glass, by Ivaana Muse:

SG Front coverA visual delight.
It is usually difficult to see the unspeakable. Joanna does that masterfully in most of her poems. It is far more arduous to speak what cannot be seen, Joanna does this even better. Stained Glass is my favorite of all of Joanna’s poetry collections. Visually enterprising, this anthology is rich in emotions that one can connect with easily. Family bonding, memories unfolding, the quest for in-transient beauty, appreciation of light and acceptance of the dark are all translucently painted like impeccably textured stained glass panels. Loved that she chose the stained glass as a medium for her personal and artistic identity. The rhythmic coloristic interplay of words and feelings has the sweeping magic of a half lighted chapel in France or Belgium. Extraordinary!!!

Thank you so much, Ivaana!

read the review on Amazon

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Inclusions reviewed

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INCLReaders may remember Ivaana Muse‘s composition “Snow” which employed my poem for the lyrics. Today Ivaana posted her review of Inclusions—the book the poem comes from.  She writes:

Like nobody else Joanna conceives her poems in a manner that never ceases to astonish. The poems are like soulful scrolls of the ordinary world depicted with brilliant intensity. I completely related to all the poems in this collection in spirit, content and temperament. A powerful message underlines the seeming simplicity and that is what makes her poetry so special.

Thank you so much, Ivaana!

Link to Ivaana’s review on Amazon

 

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Post by eLectio Publishing

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eLectio Publishing’s post on Facebook (March 15):

“NEW RELEASE TODAY:

Our first book of poetry was published in Fall 2012*, and was by a wonderful poet named Joanna Kurowska : Poet. Over the years, we have come to truly appreciate Joanna’s charisma and enthusiasm for poetry, for other authors, and for eLectio as a company. We are truly honored to have her as our “elder stateswoman” of poetry (not elderly, mind you).

Her new collection is Stained Glass, and we encourage you to go and get your copy right away. These poems will stick with you and invite you to read them over and over again, and we promise you will find something new every time you read them. We are constantly in awe of how much meaning Kurowska can pack into so few words.”

*eLectio Publishing published my first poetry collection in the USA, The Wall & Beyond (paperback 2013; Kindle 2012).

Thank you so much, eLectio Publishing!

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A Thank you note

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I am very grateful to Poet Gina McKnight for posting the promotional info about Stained Glass. To read my 2013 interview on her blog, click here.

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Stained Glass reviewed

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Stained Glass has received its first five-star review on Amazon!

In it, Arthur W. Turfa says:

“Having read and enjoyed three books of poetry by Joanna Kurowska, I can say without reservation that Stained Glass is the best. Her style is more robust, and there is a deeper examination of familiar themes: Poland, God, immigration, and life in general. . . .Stained Glass is an excellent volume of poetry that cries out to be read.”

Thank you so much, Arthur!

 

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Press release

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Stained Glass by Joanna Kurowska

Published by eLectio Publishing, March 15, 2016
$10.99, 72 pages, paper (Kindle version available)
ISBN 978-1-63213-222-2

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What makes this a stand-out collection is Kurowska’s imagery in her second, adopted language—it is fresh, pulsating, provocative, and at times beautifully sacramental.   —Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor, University of Southern Mississippi

Stained Glass is a must-have collection of poetry for the soul starved searching for a tall glass of camaraderie and peace.   —Amber Koneval, Poet and Author of Drunk Dialing the Divine

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To order* or for more info, click here

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Pilsen Snow

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418Kolin_Philip_COVIn mid-2015 Philip C. Kolin, the editor of the Southern Quarterly and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi, published his seventh collection of poems Pilsen Snow: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Kolin’s poems emerge “from a personal and collective history” of Pilsen, a large Czech neighborhood on the near west side of Chicago which in the early part of the 20th Century “boasted having the second largest Czech population in the world.” In The Column, Kolin talks about the complexities of maintaining a Czech identity in America, evoking the people, places, and historical events, and even the language of his childhood. These Czech immigrants and their descendants had to “live in two worlds at once.”

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To read the conversation with Philip C. Kolin, about Pilsen Snow, click here or on the book’s cover

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