Nativization is a term Alicja Mann created for describing
her daunting transition from Poland to the U.S.A. Looking
At The World Twice is an apt title, for her evocation of both
European and American experiences vividly conveys how
such a move is nothing less than leaving one’s self for another
with the assumption of a new identity. She brings to life a
(fortunately defunct) Kafkaesque era in Eastern Europe, but
also shares her fear that love of her new nation has been put
at risk by recent events.The book’s counterpointed combination
of poetry and prose draws the reader into two worlds as
well as two genres.The dominant tone, I felt,was the scene
where the author is collecting amber from along the Baltic
shore, jewels of nature with insects trapped in some of these
gifts from ancient trees. Such a scene shines like a golden
sunset by Turner or Courbet.
— David Ray, author of After Tagore and Music of
Time: Selected and New Poems
This is a well-written and interesting series of short commentaries
on happenings on our planet by a Polish-born scientist
who became an American writer, photographer and designer.
Alicja Mann’s essays and poems reminded me of episodes in
my own life and led me to discover angles I had overlooked.
— Steve Emerine, newspaper and magazine writer
and editor, journalism professor, and author