Public Poetry, Kevin Walzer's meditations on poetry, publishing, business, and other creative pursuits
Kevin Walzer, a poet, poetry publisher, husband, and father.
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When I read Daniel Bourne's Where No One Spoke the Language, I felt as if I were in the weighty presence of history: a history larger than my own. By "larger," I mean encompassing more than my own personal and cultural experience.
Set mostly in Poland, where the author has traveled extensively, the book brings some of the depth and sorrow of European history to an American audience. In the twentieth century, Poland was often a battleground between East and West, opressed first by the Nazis of Germany and then the Communists of Soviet Russia. Bourne incorporates both his own voice and vision and the voices of many of the writers and artists he has met and translated.Covenant
Bourne writes in a smooth, unadorned style, which allows the stories he records to shine through all the more powerfully. Where No One Spoke the Language is a powerful book.