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“Leo Yankevich has given us in this book poetry of astonishing range and power. From quiet, lyrical beginnings, showing great sensitivity to the natural world, he moves to the heartbreak and horror that devastated Poland in The Great War. Poetry has seldom been asked to do so much. This poetry does it magnificently.” —Richard Moore
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Born into a family of Irish-Polish immigrants on 30 October 1961, Leo Yankevich grew up and attended high school in Farrell, PA, a small steel town in the Rust Belt of middle America. He then studied History and Polish Literature at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, PA, receiving a BA in 1984. Later that year he travelled to Poland to begin graduate study at the centuries-old Jagiellonian University in Krakow. A staunch anti-communist, he played an active role in the dissident movement in that country, and was arrested and beaten badly on a few occasions by the communist security forces. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, he decided to settle permanently in Poland. Since that time he has lived in Gliwice (Gleiwitz), an industrial city in Upper Silesia.
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