A collection of power and humor in earthy eroticism, invoking both the fever and hope in wakeful dreams. A bold work of the elegiac past and the visceral present converging in provocative imagery. There is often an undercurrent of longing in Chase’s poems—the longing of hunger, of sex, of unfinished business with the dead. Central to the collection is the title poem, a spiraling nightmare that explores the messy and terrifying commingling of religion, death and history’s unpardonable sins.
About the Author
Among her honors, KAREN CHASE has been recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and numerous grants, including several from The Witter Bynner Foundation For Poetry and The Rockefeller Foundation. She was poet-in-residence at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, a large psychiatric hospital, poetry teacher to severely disturbed patients and a guest lecturer at the Lally School of Management and Technology (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) as part of a course called "Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship," co-taught by Ivar Giaever, Nobel Laureate in physics. She is the founder and director of the Camel River Writing Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.
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“Lyric and eros armed with a ‘tattered’ shield of humor.”