Matthew Hall gives a succinct and insightful review description of The Unmemntioable…. in Canadian Literature… thanks, Matt! And may 2013 bring us all change and openness and gladness toward others!

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Jeff T Johnson writes on The Unmemntioable

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Jeff T Johnson writes on The Unmemntioable

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The words and music from the 19th century western folk song that Elisa Sampedrín sings in The Unmemntioable.

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“don’t speak” 

An interview with Montreal writer Michael Lake about The Unmemntioable.

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Lviv history site another great site…

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reading witness reports in an index: Lviv

have been reading all afternoon in and extracted list of references to Lviv as they sound like a poem to me…. and make me think of Adam Zagajewski’s poem “To Go to Lvov”, a beautiful poem… but mine is “To Go to Lviv”…

TO GO TO LVIV (Homage to witnesses)

But as we were in Lviv from the very beginning

My father really liked the city of Lviv

He decided to move back to Lviv.

We held the defense of Lviv

We were protecting Lviv against the German enemy.

we saw a German aircraft fly over the city Lviv.

He came out with us of the city of Lviv.

the child was able to walk freely in Lviv and nobody noticed he was a Jew.

to be so-called chaplain in the Soviet concentration camp in Lviv.

she has a dugout house in Butynskyy forest in Lviv region

but she managed to run away.

The only bomb that flew over Lviv

because Lviv was almost undestroyed

the family moved to Lviv,

wanted to enter the theological seminary in Lviv,

he studied in Lviv

in the city of Lviv

she worked in newly created Lviv pharmacy.

He gained primary education in class for children in Lviv prison

Later lived in Lviv and continued education

she was given amnesty and returned to Lviv.

he went to study to Lviv medical school.

Łąckiego and Zamarstynowska street prisons in Lviv

He lives in Lviv.

following which the family fled to Lviv

She never left Lviv

I lived on Akademichna street in Lviv when I was arrested

Her sister went to Lviv and was prevented

I remember them coming from Lviv,

she was evacuated near Lviv, in 1944, she was deported

Volodymyr’s family was imprisoned in Lviv jail

Was jailed in the prisons of Lviv.

lives in Lviv,

he joined the defense troops in Lviv.

came from Lviv,

He came to Lviv

living in Lviv, Ukraine

deported from transitory prison №25 in Lviv to Siberia

Now she lives in Lviv

We dwelt in Lviv in those days

We left everything in Lviv.

They had been teaching foreign languages in Lviv

he was injured and flown by air to Lviv

about 100 km from Lviv

in Lviv to a Jewish family

to a Jewish family in Lviv

graduated from the Forestry Institute in Lviv

admitted to the Department of Pedagogy of Lviv University

Born in the village Hutysko, Lviv region

We went to Lviv where I had a friend from school.

We arrived in Lviv by dark already

Then we bought an apartment here in Lviv

his father died near Lviv

Plast camp in village of Staryava, region of Lviv

so they could march us off to Lviv.

he was enrolled in Lviv

Afterwards the family reached Lviv

spent her childhood in Lviv

after a few weeks I was sent to Lviv

From that place they were turned back to Lviv.

I remember them coming from Lviv

And he came to Lviv with this bag of wheat on his back.

I was called to Lviv and told to convert to Orthodoxy. I refused,

wanted her to finish the 6th grade of the gymnasium in Lviv

working on construction of the airport between Sambir and Lviv

A mine exploded, stones fell on my spine, they took me to Lviv

after passing Lviv

first there was Stryi, Skolno, Kharkiv, Lviv, Kharkiv

My father was originally a bank clerk of the Lviv branch

when we were north of Lviv,

a student in the medical institute in Lviv

She came to Lviv, the train was delayed, they seized her

managed to escape during a prison transportion to Lviv

From then we always lived in Lviv

Lviv was not in ruins

They drove me to Lviv

Take a last look at Lviv, you will never see it again.

He now lives in Lviv, Ukraine, where he is a cantor

When the Germans were running away from Lviv

My sister wrote to me in Lviv

In Lviv I unloaded sugar from train wagons

Our one-year stay in Lviv was a period of deportations to Siberia

he emigrated to the Polish Lviv.

He left Lviv “at the last moment”

spent his youth in Polish town Sniatyn near by Lviv

Where this boy from Lviv

assigned to work on a road leading to Lviv

six-months of treatment in Lviv

he was in the labour camps Lviv and Odesa

Born in the village of Komorniki (Lviv

Ukrainians who were going to school in Lviv

took us to the hospital in Lviv


in Lviv the stopover was longer

another one to Lviv

I cannot say how long the stopover in Lviv

by a freight car to hospital in Lviv

thwarted his hopes for studying at technical college in Lviv

worked as a laboratory assistant in Lviv

and they took it out only in Lviv

his injury in the military hospital in Lviv

her family were evacuated from Lviv

he returned to Lviv

I will keep my oath. Here in Lviv

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Three Stories of Galicia

Just posting this link again… finally the film was delivered and I was able to watch it, and found it rich and moving: plus, beautiful photography of the places!

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The Unmemntioable speaks and listens in Winnipeg….

Canstar Community News – ONLINE EDITION

Ukrainian experience to be discussed

Governor General award-winner coming to North End

By: Rob Brown

Posted: 02/29/2012 1:10 AM | Comments: 0 (including replies)

An acclaimed Canadian writer has chosen to launch her latest book of poetry in the North End.

Six-time Governor-General award nominee Erin Moure, winner of the award for her 1988 work Furious, will present her new book of poetry The Unmemntioable at the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre on Sat., March 3 at 7 p.m.

She said launching the book in Winnipeg made sense. “I thought it would be marvellous to launch it in Winnipeg, in the centre of the country,” she said.

Bohdana Bashuk, executive assistant at the centre, said attracting someone the calibre of Moure, who has also been short-listed for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, is a real coup for the organization.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to see both established and new voices to Winnipeg speak about Ukrainian identity and their experiences,” she said.

Moure’s launch will be part of an evening celebrating Ukrainian identity and experience and will include presentations from a handful of poets, artists, essayists and filmmakers. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion moderated by Dr. Alison Calder.

Moure said what led her to focusing on the Ukraine for the project was a promise she made to her mother.

“The book is an attempt to grapple with identity, displacement, grief for a lost world that neither my mother nor my grandmother were able to,” she said.

She added the choice of the title, The Unmemntioable, was not meant to get would-be editors reaching for their red pens.
“It’s a physical deformation of the word, but one that is still visible beneath its deformations. It’s a mumble or whisper. Unmentionable, as such,” she said.

Moure’s debut poetry book, Empire, York Street, was nominated for a Governor General’s award in 1979.

Her work Little theatres is the winner of the A.M. Klein Prize for poetry, as well as a nominee for the Governor General’s Award and the Pat Lowther Poetry Prize. Since 2000 she has also focused on French, Spanish and Galician translation work.

Bashuk said while much of the centre’s focus is on Ukrainian history, it is also trying to concentrate more on current culture. “The good thing about these types of events is they end up in rousing great discussion,” she said.

Located at 184 Alexander Ave. East, the Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre was created in 1944 to preserve Ukrainian culture in Canada.

The centre is home to a museum, archives, library and art gallery and is the largest Ukrainian cultural institution of its kind in Canada.

For more information call 942-0218 or see
Twitter: @TimesWPG

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