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Mike Shields liked John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
Mar 20
John Guzlowski commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"I like it too but I have many favorites.  :) "
Mar 20
Jonathan Wolfman commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"this may be my favorite piece from the book"
Mar 20
John Guzlowski commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"KosherS, my father loved the sound of those American bombers.  He used to say he would pray over and over God please let them come let them come.   He knew the damage they did because sometimes he would be sent to the bombed German cities…"
Mar 20
John Guzlowski commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"KosherS, my father loved the sound of those American bombers.  He used to say he would pray over and over God please let them come let them come.   He knew the damage they did because sometimes he would be sent to the bombed German cities…"
Mar 20
Foolish Monkey commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"the last stanza is too terrible to imagine but I recognize its truth. John youre poetry is incredibly eloquent even as it breaks my heart.   thank you for sharing.  "
Mar 20
koshersalaami commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"Agreed I like rumbling whisper"
Mar 20
JMac1949 Today commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Spring Poem
"Excellent as always.  R&L"
Mar 20
John Guzlowski commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post My Annual Valentines Day Repost - Behind Closed Doors with Four Drunk Pissed off Women
"Loved this.  I always wanted to be a bar tender."
Feb 14
alsoknownas commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Theresa's Blues, Chicago 1969
"I've lived in it John. the blues will talk to you when you don't want to listen when the darkness surrounds when the only thing left is that faint hope you'll be heard before sunrise reminds you to try one more time to make sense…"
Feb 14
koshersalaami commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Theresa's Blues, Chicago 1969
"Poem's good"
Feb 14
Foolish Monkey commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Green Cards
"the idiots have become emboldened.  they believe what they believe and then they had a candidate and now they have an honest to god president of the united states who tells them they're great! fabulous! "
Feb 2
Alysa Salzberg commented on John Guzlowski's blog post No Title
"Congratulations on having this poem featured - and it is more than merited.  This is my favorite poem of yours. Hearing you read it was amazing. Not all poets' voices match with their work in my mind, but your voice perfectly fits this…"
Dec 13, 2016
nerd cred commented on John Guzlowski's blog post No Title
"I don't really relate to death. I wonder what that means. Or if I should since I can't really last that much longer."
Dec 12, 2016
JMac1949 Today commented on John Guzlowski's blog post No Title
"R&L  There's always gallows humor and irony in the early comedy of the 20th Century.  At last count it's 17 times that I could have been, should have been dead... must be some reason I'm still here.  Maybe it's…"
Dec 12, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Outside. Leaves. On the ground
"Thanks for sharing this.  "
Dec 11, 2016

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I was born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, and came with my Polish Catholic parents Jan and Tekla and my sister Donna to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1951. My parents had been slave laborers in Nazi Germany. Growing up in the immigrant and DP neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, I met Jewish hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead horses, and women who walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. I write about these people.
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Spring Poem

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 10:57am 7 Comments

Spring Poem

My Polish father spent five years in the German concentration camp system. He was captured by the Germans in fall of 1940 and finally liberated by the Americans in spring of 1945.

During those five years, he saw men crucified and hung, castrated and…

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Theresa's Blues, Chicago 1969

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 11:29am 6 Comments

I used to go to Theresa's, a bar on the southside of Chicago where the music was always great and the dancing wild.  Most of the time, me and my friends were the only white guys there, but we didn't care.  

The music was hot.

I'm in the middle of writing a sequel to my murder mystery…

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A Valentine's Day Poem and the Story Behind It

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

My Polish parents met in a concentration camp in Germany toward the end of World War II.

My mom had been brought to Germany by the Nazis to work in a slave labor camp. The day she was captured she saw her mom and her sister and her sister's baby killed by German…

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Green Cards

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:54am 5 Comments

Green Cards

America has always been hard on refugees.

We were Polish refugees who waited for 6 years while America decided if it would take in any of the 12 million displaced people left behind by the German carnage of WWII.

Finally the USA agree to take in 275,000 of us.

That's right, 275,000.

We were the lucky ones.  We came here.

The unlucky ones went back to their home countries, now controlled by the Russians. My uncle went back. After 3 years…

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At 4:24am on June 26, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

John,the fact that you responded to my request is a big relief for me.

THANK YOU

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

At 11:41pm on June 25, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

Hi John,I am glad to get to know you.Let's join hands.

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Hi,John,

I am glad to get to know you.Let's join hands.

 
 
 

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