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Sunday News: April 27, 2014

Bridging the World a Book at a Time

Bridging the World a Book at a Time

World Book Night U.S.: April 23, 2014, went extremely well. I passed out 20 copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, at a local senior center. The recipients were quite grateful to receive their copies. Most of them do not have transportation to a library during the week, and their only trip out of the house is to the senior center.

Their expressions upon receiving the book were priceless. They could not believe they were actually a recipient of a free book, no strings attached. Most of them told me that when they were finished reading the book, they would pass it on to another senior citizen. That was a pleasant surprise to hear. Paying it forward in books, they will feel so rewarded!
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Here is the 2014 Orwell Prize Shortlists.

Check out today’s New York Times Books section. There is a lot to consider in the realm of reading. The genres are varied, and the books all seem to be fascinating reads.

On April 17, 2014, Hector Tobar wrote a beautiful tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the L.A. Times. According to this article, his ashes may go to two countries: Mexico and Columbia.

NPR Books has several books to consider, this week.

If you like adult picture books, then this link is for you.

Poet and Playwright Tadeusz Różewicz has died at the age of 92.

Here is an interesting interview with author Patricia Florio

Read about Keith Yatsuhashi’s first novel, “Kojiki

Here is a link to Simon & Schuster’s New Releases.

I am sorry for the update
…I had to make a necessary correction.

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Book Diva Review: The Forgotten Keys

theforgottenkeyspic2The Forgotten Keys: Selected Poetry of Tomasz Rozycki“, translated from the Polish by Mira Rosenthal, is an extremely intense book of poetry written by a modern Polish poet. I have read “The Forgotten Keys” many times since I purchased it.

Childhood memories are strong, and the reader sees how the DNA of familial generations of Jews runs through Tomasz Rozycki, coursing through his veins, his heart and soul, and into his brain, producing his incredible and overwhelming book of poetry. Some of the poems are mesmerizing, almost verging on fantasy, but in fact are a compilation of realities from his own life, and his ancestor’s memories.

The poems in “The Forgotten Keys” are insightful, with strong imagery, and the words hover afterwards in the air, hauntingly. Yesterdays become like lingering scents. Time’s continuum moves backwards and forwards, often pausing in one realm longer than the other. Although World War II and the Holocaust/Shoah ended decades ago, and previous wars have long since ceased, one can feel the continuing anxiety, sadness, anger and longing that Rozycki’s past has managed to blend into his present, and now resides within his poetry.

Rozycki’s
sense of responsibility towards those who came before him resounds loud and clear. He is always mindful of his childhood, and his sense of time and place, in the scheme of his ancestors and the historical, every day events and geographical influences that shaped their lives, and, therefore, his own life. His poetry is a tribute to his ancestors, and by honoring them and the memory of them, he is keeping them alive, illuminated. “The Forgotten Keys” will long be be remembered, as a book of intense substance.

Where other poets, such Czeslaw Milosz, have chosen to dismiss the past in their work, or to view it as an unnecessary element, Tomasz Rozycki has chosen to remember the past and to transport it into his work. Tomasz Rozycki writes with brilliance, insight into the human condition, and he writes with determination to never forget the past, because it will always be a part of his own past, present and future.

I agree with him in that respect. We must never forget.

The Forgotten Keys” is 128 pages long, with each poem written in both Polish and English, and each poem having a compelling impact on both mind and emotion.

“The Translator Mira Rosenthal is a poet and founding editor of Lyric Poetry Review.” She was excellent in bringing Tomasz Rozycki’s ideas, thoughts and feelings to the forefront.

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Poetess Re The Ponds

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poetesses. Her words speak to me.

Here is one of her poems that I enjoy reading again and again. It is from one of her beautiful books of poetry entitled House of Light:

The Ponds

Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapped light crowding
the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them —

the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch

only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided —
and that one wears an orange blight —
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away —
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled —
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing —
that the light is everything — that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.


House of Light
is filled with nature’s essences that fill the reader’s senses. From minute life forces and other forms of life, she depicts nature with vivid word imagery, and shows dignity and loveliness to everything she writes about. Her works are thought-provoking as well as sensitive and thoughtful. Mary Oliver writes from the soul, and the reader can not help but notice that within her brilliant and masterful poems. They illuminate the pages and inspire the reader.

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