“The Blizzard”

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My father Bohdan Kurowski left memoirs that I’ve been editing for the past 16 months or so.  Some of those recollections depict  father’s childhood, including his forced exile, at the age of six, to Kazakhstan—as part of the Soviet deportations of Poles during the war. The Column presents excerpts from those memoirs, translated into English. Thank you for reading.

 

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Abusing the Most Vulnerable

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So sad and disappointing.  Bernie Sanders ties gun violence with mental illness, IGNORING the fact that such violence is FAR MORE FREQUENT among the so-called NORMAL people.  Mentally ill people are repeatedly (and habitually) scapegoated by politicians to detract attention from systemic flaws that make average—or “normal”—Americans angry and afraid.   STOP ABUSING ILL PEOPLE, BERNIE  SANDERS AND OTHERS! They need your help, not libeling!

Proportionally, the mentally ill are FAR LESS AGGRESSIVE than the people not diagnosed with mental illness.  And yet almost every commentator in the USA labels them as culprits after a major gun-violence incident.

What is it, stupidity, laziness, or ill will?

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Paranoia

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THREE DAYS AFTER LAS VEGAS HORROR AND A FEW MORE DAYS AFTER MARIA HURRICANE  ALL  NEWS DISCUSS JUST ONE TOPIC: DID TILLERSON CALL TRUMP “MORON” OR NOT?

IS THIS NORMAL? IF NOT, ON WHAT GROUNDS THE NEWS (AND TRUMP) PICK ON THE MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE?  IS IT TO AVERT OUR ATTENTION FROM THE REAL PARANOIA WE LIVE IN?

IS NOT PICKING ON THE MOST VULNERABLE JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BULLYING THAT RULES OUR SOCIETY?

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“Concise Delight”

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concise-delightHow delightful! The Editor of Concise Delight, Mr. Denis M. Garrison, has made the Summer 2009 issue available online. The original print-issue is a beautifully edited collection of very short poetry. There are plenty of pearls to fish for in this publication!

For me the issue has a very special significance, as one of my earliest poetry publications in English. Several of the poems included in Concise Delight (pp. 88-9) were in fact my first, shy attempts of writing in the new language. I sketched those poems on the margins of the books I was reading back then—hence their brevity!

I want to use this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to Mr. Denis M. Garrison, for including my work in this charming publication. Thank you so much!

Having my poems accepted in Concise Delight in 2009 gave me the courage to pursue writing poetry in my second language, English (which I had learned in my 30s). Since then, I have published five books of poetry in English.

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Stained Glass reviewed

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SG Front coverPlease, take a moment to read Mary Harwell Sayler’s insightful review of Stained Glass, just published on her blog The Poetry Editor.

Thank you so much, Mary!

 

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Evanston Library Blog

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I am honored to have been listed on the Evanston Public Library‘s blog.

Thank you, Evanston Public Library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Talented Daughter, Brave Mother

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Cover_Final_7.1_Ansicht.inddIn the most recent interview in The Column I present two extraordinary persons.  One of them is a young artist Justyna Palka, the other her mother Malgorzata Palka, the author of a biographical album about Justyna, titled She Simply Disappeared.  Sadly, Justyna Palka died tragically a few years ago.  Recalling her daughter’s life and accomplishments, Malgorzata recounts a story of pain but also of a life that keeps shining beyond death.  It is a story of beauty, courage, and endurance.

Please take a few moments to read my conversation with Malgorzata Palka.

 

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