John Guzlowski’s writing appears in Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ontario Review, Salon.Com, Atlanta Review, Modern Fiction Studies and many other print and online journals here and abroad. His poems about his parents’ experiences as slave laborers in Nazi Germany appear in his books Lightning and Ashes and Third Winter of War: Buchenwald, both available from Amazon. His novel Road of Bones about two German lovers separated by WWII is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Of Guzlowski’s writing, Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz said, “He has an astonishing ability for grasping reality.”
Personal Statement about the photo:
I love soup.
Part of it comes from my mom. She grew up in a farm family in Poland that had eight kids as well as a mom and dad. It was hard to feed all those kids, so her mom made soup as often as possible.
My mom carried on that tradition when we came to America as refugee after World War II. We didn’t have much money to buy food so my mom took to making soup. She made it in the morning, and she made it in the evening, and always in big pots. She used to joke that she grew up making soup for 10 people so she didn’t know how to cook small portions of anything.
One of my own favorite pieces is a short personal essay I wrote about making a simple Polish bean soup for my mom when she got too old and sickly to cook for herself. You can find the piece at my blog about my parents and their experiences as slave laborers in Nazi Germany. The blog is called Lightning and Ashes, and here’s the link: http://lightning-and-ashes.blogspot.com/2014/04/simple-polish-soup.html