Gray, ME (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Janusz Czubakowski believes meaning, metaphor and music are the instruments and the completed work is the clarity and vividness of poetry.
The Orchard by the Sea is his second collection of poems. The first, ``The Maze Beyond the Garden,’’ also published by Xlibris, skimmed the cream; this volume, he hopes, is darker, denser, deeper. He dedicates it to Robert Olen Butler, a friend who believed in his work and goaded him into publication, a writer whose works’ variety and consistent excellence have often astounded him, and a courageous human being whose example has helped him get through a number of life’s difficult moments.
Czubakowski considers music in poetry is the product of measure, whether accentual, syllabic or metrical. Further, he feels that art should not be a puzzle to solve but an experience to be felt, although further immersion in a piece may open dimensions not readily apparent.
He has found monologues and soliloquies, with their intricacies and contradictions, their dramatic possibilities and subtle distancing, particularly attractive vehicles: years may be compressed or moments expanded and disparate events connected while exploring a particular time, place and mood.
Not all the ``I’s’’ are him nor all the ``you’s’’ or ``he’s’’ someone else. The poems are fusions of memory and imagination and further altered by the passion of the moment or the logic of the form – the seeming inevitability of the next image. For the rest, he must let the work speak for him and itself.
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About the Author
Janusz Czubakowski was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1935, the second son of Polish immigrants. At 10, Longfellow’s ``The Skeleton in Armor” awoke his love of poetry. He has worked as a counter of holes in IBM punch cards, a technician for the University of Chicago library’s photo-duplication laboratory (drilling holes in concrete, among other duties) and as a copy boy on the New York Daily News. He once was obliged to subsist solely on 3 pounds of bananas a day for 11 days (they cost 6 cents a pound). He enlisted in the Army in 1955 and worked on the TB and men’s closed psychiatric wards at the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Eventually, he became copy desk chief for Electronic News. He is married, with one son and two grandsons, both with English accents. He lives in Maine with his beloved wife of 50 years, Alexine.
The Orchard By The Sea * by Janusz Czubakowski
Publication Date: July 19, 2012
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