Blond Boy

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Evening Street Press, May 1, 2014 - Poetry - 51 pages
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“Lucia weaves [her father’s] story into her own through poetry 

that is brutally honest while being ‘bathed in the light’ of 

forgiveness . . . with a glance, a gesture, an image that glows 

vividly on the page.” —Linda Back McKay, author of The Next 

Best Thing and Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption and Reunion  

 

“ . . . the tragic and amazing story of her father’s survival in Nazi-

occupied Poland . . . comes wonderfully alive in all its 

mesmerizing detail.  These memories will dance in our minds for 

a long time.” —Mary Logue, author of Hand Work and Trees 

 

“Miss May escaped the quicksand of her father’s cruelty through 

art, music and literature.  She writes exquisite poetry that shines 

light in the darkness.” —Robert O. Fisch, author of Light from the 

Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust and The Sky Is Not the 

Limit 

 

“ . . . we see how the lucky and the unlucky in this single family 

lose or find their strength . . .This collection is blunt in its truth 

telling, and ambitious in its range. I won’t forget these poems.” 

—Deborah Keenan, author of From Tiger to Prayer and so she had the 

world   

 

Lucia Piaskowiak May writes without any sentimentality 

whatsoever about her father's life in World War II Poland and 

about the shadow he cast over her own life. She compresses 

enormous emotion into tense spare lines to create poetry that is 

fierce and true. —Keith Maillard, author of The Clarinet Polka  

 

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About the author (2014)

Lucia May is a violinist, poet and long-time arts advocate who 

lives  in  St.  Paul,  MN.  Her  poems  have  appeared  or  are 

forthcoming in Main Channel Voices, Evening Street Review, Hot Metal 

Press, Paper Darts, the Prose-Poem, Pemmican, Talking Stick, Tall Grass, Burnt  Bridge,  Little  Red  Tree  International  Poetry  Prize  Anthology:  2010, The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival, The Mom Egg, and The Awakenings Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 by Verse Wisconsin. She was offered the Starting Gate Award by Finishing Line Press. She was a 2013 Finalist for 

the Helen Kay Chapbook  Poetry  Prize from Evening  Street  Press. 

Website: www.luciamaypoet.com  

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