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Lightning and Ashes · 1d ago

How's Your Polish?

How's Your Polish?My Polish is almost non-existent now. It was my first language, the only language I spoke until I was 5, but I've lost most of it over the years. My mother in her last year...
Lightning and Ashes · 5d ago

Spring Poem

Spring PoemMy Polish father spent five years in the German concentration camp system. He w...
Lightning and Ashes · 5d ago

Spring Poem

Lightning and Ashes · 1W ago

Ode to Paul Carroll

The first writer I ever met was Paul Carroll. He was a poet, literary critic, and editor i...
Lightning and Ashes · 2W ago

Killing

 KillingMy father knew men and animals did not die the same way.  A man would kill a horse...
Lightning and Ashes · 2W ago

A Question

A Question:What can we say about the past when so much of the past is lost?It's a question that I ask myself all the time.  I asked it when I wrote my first poem about my parents in 1979, and it's a question I ask myself whenever I think of my latest...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

Nazism and Christianity: A Response to Danusha Goska's Essay

Edwin Woodruff Tait responds to Danusha Goska's essay "Against Identifying Nazism with Christianity."  To read her essay, please click HERE.  NAZISM AND CHRISTIANITY: A Response to Danusha G...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

Theresa's Blues, Chicago 1969

I used to go to Theresa's, a bar on the southside of Chicago where the music was always gr...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

Holidays

When I was a kid, my parents weren't big on celebrations. Birthdays and holidays and anniv...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

A Valentine's Day Poem and the Story behind It

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