Poetry. Like the titular butterfly trapped in a headlamp, the poetry in this new collection by Polish-American author Joanna Kurowska occupies the boundaries and extremities of our human condition, probing and challenging what it means to live "half-eaten" but still grasping at the possibility of hope and meaning, "yielding half-beauty to the world." Informed by the poet's immigrant experience of shifting between homelands and languages, and underpinned by her exploration of gnosticism, these are works of clear-eyed observation and studied contemplation.
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Joanna Kurowska immigrated to the US in 1988. She is the author of two books of poetry published in her native Poland, Ciana (The Wall) and Obok (Near), and her books in English include: INCLUSIONS (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), The Wall & Beyond (eLectio Publishing, 2013), and THE BUTTERFLY'S CHOICE (Broadstone Books, 2015). Joanna's poetry and fiction have appeared widely in American and European journals. A published scholar, Joanna holds a PhD in literature, with expertise in Joseph Conrad. Joanna currently lives in Evanston, Illinois, together with her husband John Brownell, son Pawel Mlynarczyk, and cat Rufus. She continues to write in her second language, English.Author City: EVANSTON, IL USA