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Lightning and ashes : poems

Author: John Z Guzlowski
Publisher: Bowling Green, Kentucky : Steel Toe Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English

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Genre/Form: Poetry
Named Person: John Z Guzlowski; John Z Guzlowski
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Z Guzlowski
ISBN: 0974326453 9780974326450
OCLC Number: 153582191
Description: 86 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue. My mother reads my poem "Cattle train to magdeburg" --
Part I. What it's like now. My mother prays for death --
My mother talks about the slave labor camps --
My mother's optimism --
Dying in a blue room in Arizona --
Why my mother stayed with my father --
Work and death --
My father dying --
What my father believed --
Pigeons --
Part II. When my mother and my father, my sister Danusha and I came to America. Displaced persons --
Looking for work in America --
A letter to my mother from Poland, October 4, 1952 --
Stories my sister Danusha told me --
Dumb Polacks --
Whistling --
A young soldier from Czestochowa --
Fussy eaters --
Danusha --
Chores --
Poland --
My father's prayer --
Here's what my mother won't talk about. Part III. What the war was like. There were no miracles --
German soldiers come to my mother's village --
My mother's neighbors --
Cattle train to Magdeburg --
My father talks abou the boxcars --
Grief --
Hunger in the labor camps --
The work he did in Germany --
My father tells a story --
Worthless --
The third winter of war: Buchenwald --
The beets --
Pieta in a bombed church, Magdeburg --
His dead eye --
Night in the labor camp --
In the spring the war ended --
Epilogue. How early fall came this year --
About my parents.
Responsibility: John Guzlowski.


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