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 …

Vernon Scannell -The neglected Prose and The Walking Wounded

Vernon Scannell deserves the title of ‘War Poet’ (1922- 2007) . Saw active service in North Africa and in the D Day campaign. He was what was euphemistically called a ‘serial absconder’ , i.e a deserter, who served time in a military prison, and spent several years on the run when World War 2. His …

Beatrice Gibbs/ Alexandra Etheldreda Grantham

Current Research Projects Beatrice Gibbs/ Alexandra Etheldreda Grantham Thought that it was time to expand about the purposes of this blog. As well as trying to highlight the  whole range of World War 2 poetry that is in danger of being overshadowed and forgotten, it’s also important to encourage further research, trying to discover more …