The Harriman Institute at Columbia University
St. Francis College
Brooklyn Public Library
Central Connecticut State University
The Polish Cultural Institute New York
Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded
Poetry by John Z. Guzlowski
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Thursday, April 14, 2016
New York City, Brooklyn, and New Britain, CT
"Exceptional... astonished me. Reveals an enormous ability for grasping reality." -- Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, on Guzlowski's poetry in Language of Mules
Poet and scholar John Z. Guzlowski was born in a refugee camp in Germany shortly after World War II, to parents who had survived enslavement in Nazi Germany. In 1951, his family came to America as Displaced Persons. His new tour-de-force poetry collection, Echoes of Tattered Tongues, reflects on this history and the lives of the millions of immigrants who survived the maelstrom of World War II.
Guzlowski's innovative narrative structure mirrors the fractured dislocation experienced by war refugees. Through a haunting collage of jagged fragments--poems, prose, and prose poems, he unspools the story backwards through time.
The author will be reading from and discussing his collection at a series of events in New York, Brooklyn and Connecticut at Columbia University, St. Francis College, the Greenpoint Library and Central Connecticut State University. His work illuminates a hidden facet of World War II and reflects the ways in which trauma echoes through time, leaving us with a deeper, more visceral understanding of the human costs of war.
Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Poetry by John Z. Guzlowski is co-presented by Aquila Polonica, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Public Library, Central Connecticut State University, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
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