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The Wall & Beyond

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FROM THE AUTHOR: As the title suggests, my recurring motif is "the wall." It reflects the confrontation between dreams and reality; a sense of estrangement following my immigration to the US in 1988; finally, my struggle with the idea of God against the experience of religion and world's theodicy. Probing the wall's nature, I come to realization that the wall is part of ...more
ebook, 62 pages
Published October 22nd 2012 by eLectio Publishing (first published October 19th 2012)
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Vine Leaves Literary Journal
Mar 14, 2014 Vine Leaves Literary Journal rated it it was amazing
Review by Debbie Young

In her introduction to this compact volume, Joanna Kurowska reveals that these poems were originally written in her native Polish. She translated them into English when she emigrated to the USA and adopted the nation's official language for her writing. I have sufficient knowledge of a couple of foreign languages, neither of them Polish, to be impressed by the enormity of her ambition. While I could understand her desire to reach a wider audience than she could ever obtain
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Dan Burns
May 31, 2013 Dan Burns rated it really liked it
Joanna Kurowska’s latest book of poetry, her fourth published collection, is an enjoyable, concise presentation of fifty-three poems spanning as many pages. One might initially think that the collection is sparse, but after reading just the first few poems, you will quickly come to realize that there is much more on the pages than meets the eye.

Throughout the poems, there is a recurring motif of “the wall.” The author shared with me that “the wall” signifies a dividing line of sorts between vari
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Amber
Nov 29, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it
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As the holiday season comes upon us, I must admit that the first poem that really struck me was 'a carol'. Joanna is able to put so much detail and emotion into so few lines. As a poet who usually takes more room than is needed to express myself, I really admired Joanna's conciseness the most. These poems are easy to read in one sitting, but would need hours to truly digest fully. If you are looking for something to muse over- whether it be for pleasure-reading or as a supplement to your daily ...more
Katia
Jan 09, 2014 Katia rated it it was amazing
This collection pulsates -- between in and out, small and big, particular and abstract. It is alive.
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