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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”


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.


Stained Glass reviewed


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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An Invitation



You are invited to the following event:


with Ken Hada, Joanna Kurowska, and Steven Schroeder



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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Places and Times…


A Conversation with Arthur Turfa in The Column

Places & TimesOriginally from Pennsylvania, Arthur Turfa has now lived over a decade in the Midlands of South Carolina. In between these two places are many others, stretching from California to Germany. Turfa hold degrees in German, a BA from Penn State, MA from UC-Irvine, Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, MA in History from Binghamton University, and a doctorate in Literature from Drew University. Since 1981 he has been a Lutheran pastor, and served as a chaplain in the United States Army until his retirement, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Turfa’s first book of poetry, Places and Times, was released in 2015 by eLectio Publishing. His poems have also appeared in Altpoetics, Metaphor, SC English Teacher, the Munyori Literary Journal, and Afflatus.

Read the interview with Arthur Turfa


Newsletter 04/2016



Newsletter 04/2016: in Englishin Polish


Inclusions reviewed



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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