Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the release of Postcards from Poland, written by Joseph Kuhn Carey of Glencoe, IL, a Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award Selection. The poems in Mr. Carey's manuscript were composed over three years after the author took an inspiring journey with his family to the Polish cities of Krakow & Zakopane. The "artistic travel-log" nature of the poems present the sights, sounds and colorful events occurring in and around these two mysterious, gorgeous and overlooked cities, which are home to ancient castles, fantastic museums, breath-taking churches, soaring cable-car rides, astonishing mountains, and amazing nightclubs set deep in medieval cellars, as well as nearby horrific and powerfully enlightening WWII death camp locations. The author Joe Carey says: "There is something essential and important in these two cities for the older and younger Polish generations. For the older generation, Krakow and Zakopane represent things that survived WWII intact and largely untouched--while to the younger generation, the two cities represent the vibrant, energetic and robust side of Polish life."
Joseph Kuhn Carey's poetry book, Postcards from Poland, was selected as the Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award winner in the fall of 2013 and published by Chicago Poetry Press (as part of the award) in February, 2014. Postcards from Poland was also awarded a Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award in November, 2015, and has received fourteen other awards from the Pacific Book Awards, Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Midwest Book Awards, the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and the London, Paris, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Southern California and Great Midwest Book Festivals in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is also the recipient of an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)/Deems Taylor award for music-related writing (for articles written about jazz artist/composers Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and Anthony Braxton) and a Grammy-voting member of The Recording Academy. He's published a chapbook of poetry ("Bulk-Rate") and a book on jazz ("Big Noise From Notre Dame: A History of The Collegiate Jazz Festival," University of Notre Dame Press) and has released two "Loose Caboose Band" CDs of original children's songs with his brother, Bill ("The Caboose is Loose" and "Mighty Big Broom," the latter of which garnered two first-voting-round Grammy nominations), both of which are available on iTunes, CDbaby.com and Amazon.com. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Fine Arts (in Creative Writing) degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Master of Science in Mass Communication degree from Boston University. He's traveled the country interviewing bakers for Bakery Magazine, written about jazz & blues artists for Downbeat, JazzTimes and The Boston Globe and his poems have been selected in the 2015 61st Poets & Patrons Chicagoland Poetry Contest, the 2014/2015 Illinois State Poetry Society's Annual Poetry Contest, the Journal of Modern Poetry JOMP 15, JOMP 16, JOMP 17 and JOMP 18 Poetry Contests, the Writer's Digest 7th Annual Poetry Awards Contest & 80th Annual Writing Competition, Highland Park Poetry's 2013 and 2015 "Poetry That Moves" & 2013 "Poetry Challenge" contests, the 2015/2016 East on Central Journal of Arts & Letters contest, and the Evanston Public Library's 2013 35th Annual Jo-Anne Hirschfield Memorial Poetry Awards. When not scribbling entertaining poems, stories and songs on all available scraps of paper to read to his wife and sons over dinner, he runs a successful multi-state property management business.
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I had so much fun traveling for several weeks with my family in Poland a few years ago that the poems in my book, "Postcards From Poland," just seemed to magically appear on their own during the trip and after my return, one by one. I hope that I've been able to share the adventures, wonders, and thrills of Krakow and Zakopane and other beautiful nearby Polish cities and sights through this unique and enjoyable travel poem book!
Joseph Kuhn Carey
"About this book of impressive poems:
There is something poignantly beautiful
in the lovely lines that come off the page
to reach into the heart and mind.
Always on the edge of aware.
Joe Carey's Postcards From Poland
also has something of that loving slant of insight
always there in a mind at peace with the time and place.
This award winning book of 41 postcard poems
reveals what Joe Carey cares about:
the language of rhythm and truth."
Ken Nordine, Legendary "Word Jazz" Originator
"Here is a buoyant and beautiful love letter to Krakow,
with a receptive spirit for everything from Szarlotka
and clopping horses, to salt mines, to McDonald's-in
-the-catacombs. Joe Carey has made poetry without
cynicism or bad temper (though with a touch of irony
here and there), always curious and open to the
"outdoor swagger" of the land and to "what's going
on inside." A pleasure to read."
Janet Burroway, Pulitzer Prize Nominated Novelist
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Descrizione libro Chicago Poetry Press, 2014. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 061595068X