john guzlowski

john guzlowski
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Danville, Virginia, USA
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June 22
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I was born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, and came with my Polish Catholic parents Jan and Tekla and my sister Donna to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1951. My parents had been slave laborers in Nazi Germany. Growing up in the immigrant and DP neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, I met Jewish hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead horses, and women who walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. I write about these people.

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MAY 23, 2012 11:19AM

Stacy Szymaszek

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                                                                                                                                                                Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stacy Szymaszek is the author of several books of poetry (Litmus Press). She is currently the artistic director of the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church in New York.

The following is an  excerpt from her 2005 book of poems Emptied of All Ships


from "shift at oars"


water
relives
reservoir

boat
bottom
draft
displaced



º



lineal
thought
backward
body

no one
knows
the brains
I am now

_____

tree
an oar
origin

joints ruptured
soak in
deep ink


º

wallpaper
remnant
flower
float

chandelier

brief case
hundred words
logged

erode
my
Arabic

_____

congestion
of resin

person



forecasts
final position

restless sleep



º



width of
back
belted

sodium
poultice

exhausts
courtship

_____

agora

drain
a home
of you

wind
lashes
fronds

cellophane



º



where a
mammal
bled

activity
not yet
diffused

blackened
patch
of water

_____

weight
of oyster
in gloved
hand he
shucks

dented
pewter



º



assonance
her aspect

relocated

wind
shatters
plexi

phenomena
forgone
for me





shift
at oars

new
muscle
grown
bone

never
held
you



º



case
of dried
apricot

gorge

I am
summoned



  ___________________________


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