ÒThe Rainy Bread: Poems of ExileÓ includes 30 poems about forgotten stories of Poles living in the Eastern Borderlands of Kresy, who were killed, deported, imprisoned, or oppressed after the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union on September 17, 1939. Some of these brief portraits ca... pture the trauma and resilience, ordeals and miraculous survival stories of the authorÕs immediate family. Their experiences of displacement, hunger, cold, and poverty during the war are typical of Polish civilians. These fictionalized memories are coupled with depictions of survival of other Poles deported to Siberia, the Arctic Circle, or Kazakhstan; who left the Soviet Union with the Second Corps of the Polish Army under the command of General W_adys_aw Anders; were transported to refugee camps in India or Africa; and ended up in Argentina, Canada, Australia or the U.S. The book is a companion to ÒSlicing the BreadÓ (2014), with which it shares some poems, including vignettes from the authorÕs childhood in Warsaw.
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