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TITLE:                   “I’M NO HERO”
AUTHOR:             Lozan Yamolky
PUBLISHER:              Silver Bow 2016
ISBN:                     9781927616239
PGS:                      73
PRICE:                    $20.00

            Lozan Yamolky on CFRO Radio World Poetry Cafe 

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LOS ANGELES, United States (Kurdistan24) – Lozan Yamolky’s debut poetry collection I'm No Hero is heartful and sympathetic, political and personal, passionate and compassionate.  The collection voices the distress of the victims of war and destruction, people who lose their homes and become uninvited and unwelcomed guests in foreign countries.  At a time when an unprecedented 65.3 million people—nearly 34,000 people every day—are forcibly displaced as a result of conflict or persecution, the pertinent I'm No Hero puts a human face on dehumanized refugees.                “You cannot kill me / because I am dying every day. / Can you not see it in the news?/  I am counted, / declared collateral damage, / and most times, not mentioned at all. /  I am forgotten / soon after the memorable, / brilliantly colored commercial breaks.//  You cannot kill me / because poets of the world know about me: / I am the immortal refugee.”

Yamolky's poetry deplores those who dismiss the pain of the displaced either because of profit or out of apathy and ignorance.  I'm No Hero urges the audience to go back to the time when they had not learned to hate.    “War is a successful legitimate business. It is legal. / It is politically lawful; / and it is profitable.” 

Additionally, I'm No Hero dabs into little anecdotes of parent-children relationships, loyalty and betrayal, and ethical dilemmas. Spinning various tales, this Kurdish poet brings in her compassion and empathy into her writing as she speaks diverse characters’ minds.  Published by Silver Bow Publishing in British Columbia, Canada, 2016, Yamolsky’s poetry is described by Ariadne Sawyer as a collection that “shares the joys and sorrows of the world, mixing the beauty of poems with painful reality.” Born to a Kurdish family in Baghdad in 1972, Yamolsky left home in 1994 for Turkey and settled in Canada in 1995. She is a mother of two sons.

Website Link to Kurdistan article  (copy and paste below link into your browser to view)
http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/c092324a-7641-42e4-bcd2-30e207a45886/Kurdish-Canadian-poet-humanizes-refugees-in-debut-poetry-collection - Reviewed by Ava Homa

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Lozan Yamolky says, “I'm No Hero” (poetry book title) rather she is a picture painter with words. Getting to your heart and deep into your consciousness with 'pictures' of what it is like to be a refugee, this woman from the Middle East's madness will draw and colour powerful images on your being with her words. If you lack empathy and understanding of refugees, you should read this book.  But it's not all mortal pain here; there are many poems of light and airy love because escape to freedom means you can find that, too, in this other world. Most remarkable about Lozan's writing is the sheer power of her words – in her 3rd language yet! If you have been a learner of languages (beyond your own) you know that you seek a careful precision in what you say – and that is why this new poet is so worth reading.  ~ REVIEW BY BILL MARSHALL


'No, Lozan Yamolky is a hero! A genuine free fighting wordsmith, she learned her poems across many countries and years of learning to survive first, then grow as she urged her talent to expand to produce solid works of a goodly range of topics and emotions.  Her poems can sparkle with a wife’s  or mother’s love , while next pages are hot metal searing with international injustices, then followed ones of seeking from a bulb to full. flower.  Lozan in both words and deeds is a Heroine,  a positive model for young women today.' ~ REVIEW BY BERNICE LEVER



​"I’m No Hero, is a stunning testament to the courage and strength gleaned from surviving the trauma of living in a war torn country. Lozan Yamolky paints a dramatic collage of experiences in healing words, which flow into the heart of all who read her work. Her poetry is not only cathartic, but uplifting in the sense that we come to realize, while reading, how fortunate and truly blessed we are to live in such a peaceful and forward thinking country.  I look forward, with great anticipation, to the release of her second book." ~ Deborah L. Kelly, Winner, Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry, 2015; WIN, Distinguised Poet Award, 2016



​Lozan Yamolky Braun paints vivid pictures of war and fear and courage in her cathartic poems in “I’m No Hero.” But she is a hero because it takes courage to work through the trauma of bombings and narrow escapes through the therapy of writing it down. Then, to put it out there for the rest of us to share and to learn is like diving off a bridge without knowing the depth of the water. Lozan’s honesty and infectious optimism and joie de vivre shines through her poems of love and family, her cry for peace.   ~ ​REVIEW BY HERB BRYCE


​TESTIMONIAL:   Lozan Yamolky’s vibrant love of life and her empathy with mother nature and all souls spills over in a bittersweet array of language and imagery onto the pages of “I’m No Hero”.   She writes with a great depth of understanding regarding the human condition that tugs and pulls at the reader’s heartstrings and opens the mind wide to a deeper insight into both the courage and the fragility of the human spirit; its despair; its resilience; and above all its indestructible quest for freedom and respect. This is an honest and heartfelt glimpse into the joys and travails of refugees everywhere. ~ Candice James, Poet Laureate Emerita, New Westminster, BC; League of Canadian Poets; Pacific Festival of the Book