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Intricacies Paperback – 3 Feb 2016
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About the Author
Joanna Kurowska immigrated to the US in 1988. She is the author of two books of poetry published in her native Poland, Ciana (The Wall) and Obok (Near), and her books in English include: INCLUSIONS (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), The Wall & Beyond (eLectio Publishing, 2013), and THE BUTTERFLY'S CHOICE (Broadstone Books, 2015). Joanna's poetry and fiction have appeared widely in American and European journals. A published scholar, Joanna holds a PhD in literature, with expertise in Joseph Conrad. Joanna currently lives in Evanston, Illinois, together with her husband John Brownell, son Pawel Mlynarczyk, and cat Rufus. She continues to write in her second language, English.
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All three categories combine in the final poem of the collection, We. The simple act of lovers waking up during the night leads to connection:
“It was as if we were in the silence
of a deep, deep ocean…..our bodies talked”
But death is close at hand and in memory
“…faithful death/ sat neat us….”
“Yes, there are people who kill,
Who put people in cattle cars.”
In “A Summer Day at the IU Campus”, the poet observes a red ant, some chipmunks, moving clouds, and a man “pondering his own importance”. all in the space of of thirteen lines.
“meaning” is an especially intriguing piece. Empty bottles of “golden wine” have been consumed on New Year’s Eve. God fills the glasses with meaning, and in the last verse, the poet pours “…oil from one bottle to the other…?” attempting to understand what it happening,
These are a small sample of the work, which I heartily recommend. Korowska’s style seems sparse at times, but is laden with meaning and depth. The poems certainly live up to the title of the collection, and show a softer, more reflective side of the poet.
Arthur Turfa, author of Places and Times
A great book of art
First and foremost: just looking at it and touching this little book gives something unusual: very gentle experience of art and If you truly understand of what you see or feel on palm of your hand you know that this little book is a great piece of art itself. Then you open first, last or any page and the book starts whispering in the language of a great poetry.
Yes, it is the book that starts talking to you at the moment you touch it.