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Author Name:    GUSTAFSON, Ralph

Title:   Solidarnosc : Prelude. First Edition

Publisher:    Progressive Publications, Sherbrooke, Qc , 1983, 

Seller ID:   101126

GUSTAFSON, Ralph. Solidarnosc : Prelude. (Sherbrooke, Quebec : Progressive Publications , 1983). First Edition. Unpaginated. Pp (16). 8vo, illustratedwhite cardcovers. '[...] this poem celebrating the heroic resilience of th e Polish people [...]." 'This poem is a poem of principle. It would have been better if the author had been manhandled by the bullyboys of Jaruzelski and Andropov; if he had added a rose to the cross of flowers that won't go away in front of the church of St. Anne's in Warsaw. The distance between the emotion and the experience is to be regretted. But the poem still, if impoverished by being secondhand, must be written. The poet is his world. Through the transcendance of poetry, time and distance are overcome. Milton was not present in Piedmont when the massacre of the dissidents was perpetrated nor was Wordsworth in Venice when the Venetian Republic was extinguished. Their comments on those struggles of liberty against tyranny are part of contemporary thought. No artistic equation between this poem and their poems is drawn. The poem is stating that freedom in Poland is freedom in the Eastern Townships of Canada.- " the Foreword. Shipping will be less as this is a slim item. Name, else very good. 20.00

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