Thursday, December 27, 2007

Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac: "What My Father Believed"

Garrison Keillor's reading of my poem "What My Father Believed" from my book Lightning and Ashes is now available at the Writers Almanac site:

http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/programs/2007/12/24/#friday

This poem talks about my father's faith, how he learned about God in Poland as a child, and how his faith sustained him in the concentration camps in Nazi Germany.

2 comments:

Cynthia said...

John,
The last two lines are IT. So many things about an authentic Christian life seem so...well, Wrong...in some way. Like leaving a good fellow hanging or taking it on the other cheek. I struggle with that authenticity all the time. If that poem was indeed about your father, (and people assume my poetry is 100% autobiographical all the time, though not) then he seems like the kind of guy I would want to have hung around with.

John Guzlowski said...

Hi, Cynthia, thanks for the note.

Yes, the poem's about my dad, and I tried to get him down as closely as I could. He was a man of many strengths and many weaknesses. One of the things that kept him strong was his sense of brotherhood, his sense of shared humanity.

He had suffered a lot in the camps and that stayed with him. It taught him to help people.