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"Here it is -- the place where History and Poetry commune."
Bob Holman, Founder, Bowery Poetry Club

"This is a varied and moving poetic memoir, which records in verse an incredible journey."
Krishan Coupland -- NeonBooks

Two brothers discourse through poetic political language in the context of Americana. Karol and Jakub Olesiak fled Polish martial law with their parents in 1985. The Olesiak family were chosen as the representative family to escort the new torch for the Statue of Liberty on the bicentennial in 1986. They were featured on good morning America twice roughly a decade apart and have gone to accomplish many things while carving out a life for themselves.

The book's relevance as both political language and poetry is connected to its first publishing in 2011 when Karol Olesiak, a Navy veteran, started an affinity group for Occupy Wall Street that aimed at getting veterans to protest against the 1percent. Act I features illustrations and childlike ruminations. Many of the poems in Act II were featured at Bob Holman's Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan where Karol headlined. Act III showcases poems that Jakub Olesiak performed in venues across Philadelphia and wrote while editing the Temple University Art and Literary magazine. The cover of the book is a Polish ration stamp from Martial Law featuring Polish names for items available for purchase with the stamp. The pictures on the back cover are from Ellis island when the boys came to United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781078735124
Publisher: Kim Idynne
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.13(d)

About the Author

Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol founded and became an antiwar activist and has written many political essays and has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

Jakub Olesiak is a graduate of Temple University in Philosophy, Political Science, Geography, and Urban Studies. He also read performance poetry at various venues throughout Philadelphia. He finished a MSc in Local Economic Development from London School of Economics focusing on integrating environmental sustainability into economic growth. School of Economics focusing on local economic growth.
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