The World is a Broken Place -part 2 of interview with John Guzlowski

Pleased to carry on my e mail interview with John Guzlowski. A son of a Polish immigrants , with both parents spending years as labourers in German concentration camps: Professor Guzlowski was born just after World War 2 in a Displaced Persons camp, and moved with his parents and sister to the USA in 1951, and …

The World Is A Broken Place- Interview with John Guzlowski part one

Photo- Polish victim of Luftwafe bombing 1939   It is certainly an honour to interview John Guzlowski. A son of a Polish immigrants , with both parents spending years as labourers in German concentration camps, Professor Guzlowski uses poetry and short pieces of prose to convey their experiences. John Guzlowski was born just after World War …

Remember Babi Yar – ‘Art Destroys Silence’

‘Babi Yar’ -Yevgeny Yevtushenko (born 1933) People knew about Babi Yar before Yevtushenko’s poem, but they were silent. And when they read the poem, the silence was broken. Art destroys silence. ‘Testimony-The Memoirs of Dimitri Shostakovich,’ ( edited by Solomon Volkov) ,1979. During the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Babi Yar, a ravine by …

Sassoon re-appraised by World War 2 Serving Poets

‘Silent Service’-Siegfried Sassoon Now, mulltifold, let Britain’s patient power Be proven within us for the world to see, None are exempt from service in this hour: And vanquished in ourselves we dare not be. Now, for a sunlit future, we can show The clenched resolved endurance that defies Daemons in dark,-and toward that future go …

‘Voices of Silence’ – Vivien Noakes /The Poetry of J. L. Crommelin Brown

Greetings to readers of this blog in many countries, interest always appreciated. A companion blog to this one is World War 2 Poetry Blog ‘Voices of Silence- The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry’ (2006) edited by Vivien Noakes was a landmark attempt to deliberately move away from the more established poets. In her own …