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Allotment

Enough! Come out of those yellow eyes of fear!
The greedy day grabs you and me by the hands.
Have you been wronged, with your rosary of tears?
Look, our dreams hit the wall in equal shares.

Here’s a tree and rain. How can we divide them?
On my way home today, I’ve got soaking wet.
Do you think I could trade the rain for a tree,
when it’s pouring outside and the trees stand bare?

Don’t fall asleep so quickly—the night is young.
Twigs of sadness clank at my window and yours.
The morning divides the world into two halves…
a thread of air binds us; we need nothing more.

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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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“You Who Wronged” by Czesław Miłosz

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It may be helpful to remember in this difficult time the powerful poem “You Who Wronged” by Czesław Miłosz (in Richard Lourie’s translation):

 

You who wronged a simple man
Bursting into laughter at the crime,
And kept a pack of fools around you
To mix good and evil, to blur the line,

Though everyone bowed down before you,
Saying virtue and wisdom lit your way,
Striking gold medals in your honor,
Glad to have survived another day,

Do not feel safe.
(…)

 

The entire poem can be found at the Poetry Foundation

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Celebrating Ivaana Muse’s Composition of “Snow”

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It’s been half-a-year since Ivaana Muse composed music to “Snow”—and the more I listen to her composition, the more I love it! I am so happy and humbled she chose my poem as the lyrics to her amazing work.  So today I am celebrating Ivaana‘s composition—and asking that you please take a moment to listen to it!  Here’s “Snow” in Sound Cloud—composed and performed by Ivaana Muse.

I also posted links to the composition, its history, and the poem itself, in the POEMS section of my website.

And here’s a photo of my childhood garden in Olsztyn—my native town in Poland, one very snowy winter.  Echoes of that garden play in “Snow”…

 

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An Invitation

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You are invited to the following event:

THE BLESSING OF THE ORDINARY: AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY

with Ken Hada, Joanna Kurowska, and Steven Schroeder

 

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

 

Conrad Sulzer Regional Library

4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

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(click the image to view the poster)

 

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Poems in audio

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In Print Radio posted on Youtube two of my poems*: “Nothing” and “Cupboards”; read by myself.

I am grateful to In Print Radio‘s producer Bob Francis, for this post, and for hosting a program with me in the past.

• listen to “Nothing” on Youtube
• listen to “Cupboards” on Youtube
• listen to the Eddie Resner’s interview with me in In Print Radio

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*Both poems are from Inclusions, Cervena Barva Press 2014

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