Polonaise (Hardcover)


By Anthony Bukoski

Southern Methodist University Press, 9780870744341, 180pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 1998

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The twelve stories in Bukoski's third collection are both a dirge and an homage to a passing way of life for the East End neighborhood of Superior, Wisconsin. "Hurry, our closing is imminent", a priest in the single remaining Catholic church exhorts a Polish emigre seaman at the start of a confession. Without a spiritual or economic focus, Superior's Polish American residents create new places to worship -- in a roadside confessional manned by an entre entrepreneurial junkman, deep below the city's streets in the basement of middle-aged twin spinsters, in a seedy lakeshore cafe where reports of a long-sleeping youngster create a neighborhood tourist attraction.

Despite their failures and the crumbling of their world, Bukoski's characters survive with wry humor, dignity, and grace.