Gyuri. A Poem of Wartime Hungary.
Whistling Shade Press is delighted to announce the release of Marilyn Baszczynski's narrative poem Gyuri. A Poem of Wartime Hungary. The story of her parents' hardship and romance in WWII-era Hungary, Gyuri is the first book in Whistling Shade's new imprint of romantic narrative poems, the Geste series.
What others are saying:
In simple language that dances its way through the pages, we meet a young couple
whose fate is inextricably bound by time and place. Whether or not one lived during
World War II and remembers the grayness that enshrouded the world--days
that Gyuri met with laughter and dance--the romance and heartbreak of the
woman he loved come through strongly in this narrative poem. Gyuri "draws us
in," makes us believe "it will be okay." Handling the true story of her parents with
remarkable deftness, Baszczynski's tale of real people is a reminder that each life
has stories to be told.
"Gyuri is a poem that needs to be read aloud, or perhaps sung. The words come
together in such a lyrical fashion. Its music draws the reader into the poem and
keeps them reading. In the back of the mind play "polkas, waltzes, csardas, tangos
/ laughing, singing, dancing, dancing." Repetition is used effectively in the poem to
drive home emotion, whether happiness or despair. Imagery is enhanced with the
addition of family photos, inviting us to become relatives. If I wanted a biography
of my life, I would want Marilyn Baszczynski to write it in this form."
Copyright © 2020 Marilyn Baszczynski