Dr Mara Giemza

For her Ph.D. submission, Dr. Mara Giemza wrote an ambitious book-length collection of poetry, a sequential exploration of the enforced changes of identity among Polish soldiers in the Second World War. The sequence uses finely orchestrated imagery from the memories of survivors to weave a moving and powerful series of monologues and narratives exploring identity (both national and psychological) and the traumatic legacy  of war. Her accompanying commentary detailed her research, her methodology and explored the creation of a linked sequence, and the way in which images could be revisited to create and evoke a sense of memory and resonance in the reader.  Several of the poems have been published in the literary magazine, ‘English’.

Visit Mara’s web page here.

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