King David wasn’t a novelist, but a psalmist. Thousands of years later, we read his words and they are a comfort to us in a way that stirs us to our souls. The King understood the human heart in a way I think poets of today have a unique way of capturing. Who can forget the way Psalms 23 calms us with it’s first line, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Of course, he could have written a tome on the Lord provisions but he utilized a very simply analogy that packs a wallop that has come down from generation to generation.
In the same way, this reviewer had this to say about our guest: “Her poems entice you with their simplicity and ease in reading and then stand you on your head.”
Poetry remains a unique methodology of the expression of the soul, of the heart.
On this episode of the Write Stuff, I will be chatting with Joanna Ewa Kurowska, spoken word artist and poet as she discusses her work, background, and shares her literary work with us. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/7717987 Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!
A bi-lingual poet and scholar, Joanna Kurowska is the author of five critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, The Butterfly’s Choice (Broadstone Books, 2015); Inclusions (Cervena Barva Press, 2014); The Wall & Beyond (eLectio Publishing, 2013); Obok :Near (Oficyna Literacka, 1999, Poland); and Ściana : The Wall (Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie, 1997, Poland). Her newest poetry collection, Stained Glass, is currently under contract with eLectio Publishing, while her chapbook Intricacies has been recently accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Kurowska’s poems, flash fiction, and scholarly work have been published in journals in America and abroad, such as Atticus Review, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, The Conradian, International Poetry Review, Episteme, Kultura (Paris), Levure littéraire, Room Magazine, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has taught at American Universities, including Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Chicago.
Joanna Kurowska emigrated from Poland in 1988, and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.