Rumors and Stones
Imprint: Curbstone Books
214 Pages, 5.50 x 7.50 in
- Published: October 1996
"In the summer of 1993 I began a self-imposed journey into the blurred space between memory, story, and reality when I rented a car from Warsaw Avis and drove to the village in Poland in which my mother had lived before immigrating to the United States." So begins Wayne Karlin's Rumors and Stones, the haunting narrative of a writer's journey into his family's past in the small Polish town of Kolno whose 2,000 Jewish inhabitants were machinegunned in ditches in 1941. Karlin explores the tension in the role of the storyteller as a witness and keeper but also as shaper; it is a journey in space that becomes a journey into the past and into the truth that can only be found in the imagination; it is a journey into Karlin's own origins as a veteran of the Vietnam war and as a writer compelled in his work to always come back to that conflict.
"I think that Wayne Karlin has more of a feel and understanding of the language than most poets I know." —Lucille Clifton
"The weakest writing about war and atrocities simply reiterates what we already know, but the best of it illuminates what we need to know and how it must be expressed, which is what this book is about. Karlin is one of our finest writers, and Rumos and Stones is the latest evidence of that fact." —George Evans
"Here is the crisp and mellow eye of the master storyteller. Rumors and Stones is without doubt his best work." —Larry Heinemann