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How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Corey Marks. Franz Wright. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. Jane Hirshfield. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
The Poetry of Karen Braucher
by J. Zimmerman
Books by Karen Braucher: Aqua Curves. Mermaid Café. Sending Messages Over Inconceivable Distances.
|For more poetry samples, visit the Karen Braucher's website: http://www.karenbraucher.com.|
Aqua Curves is available from
the author, Karen Braucher.
E-mail her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also available in Oregon at:
(1) Annie Bloom's in Multnomah Village, SW Portland, Oregon. It's a great independent bookstore; please support it.
(2) EKAHNI Gallery & Books in Wheeler, Oregon, on the northern Oregon Coast.
Aqua Curves is beautiful. I love the curvy breaking wave on the front cover, and the presentation of the names of the book and the author in the same color of aqua as the wave.
The back cover has a photo (also in aqua) of an intriguing statue of a mermaid. The whole outside of the book is very coherent and satisfying. Book and cover design is by Tommy Herrmann, who deserved enthusiastic praise.
Within the book, the curvy table of contents is a delight. Skimming it, one sees not only many new treats but also many poems seen or heard before, known and admired.
Aqua Curves won the 2004 Stevens Manuscript Competition for a poetry manuscript, judged by poet and fiction writer Peter Meinke. It contains some poems from her chapbook Mermaid Café, (Pudding House, 2004) as well as others. It's available from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (www.nfsps.com) or directly from Karen Braucher ($15 via e-mail contact email@example.com).
It is calming to view the world in miniature, as if one were up in the clouds. This pond edge could be a whole harbor, The mushroom lantern its lighthouse.
Among weapons, be a disarming strategy, among doors, the one that opens to thin air, among shadows you find on the floor, be the one that flutters.
As Ms. Braucher says, her book was, 'Inspired by the ocean and female themes' and 'abounds with mermaids, seafood, wit, and humor.'
Karen Braucher's chapbook Mermaid Café from Puddinghouse Press (2004), is a celebration of mermaid tales and tails, and of escape and return.
It includes another of my favorites, the delightful How to Stay Married (first published in "Manzanita Quarterly" (Autumn 2002)):
The perfect marriage is, they say, a blind woman married to a deaf man. Or is it a deaf woman married to a blind man? Failing to achieve these physical variations, it is helpful to think of marriage as ocean waves - ... After a while, you must be a boat, or parts of a boat - yesterday the rusty scupper, today gunwales, tomorrow ballast and bailing buckets.You must be a motor, a sail, a paddle. It's helpful to enjoy the view. It's helpful not to think about the lack of life preservers.
Blog entry for Mermaid Café.
Sending Messages Over Inconceivable Distances is a collection of narrative and lyrical poems about a generous life and the adoption of a Chinese baby girl. Among my favorites are Inside the Water (p.59), Beginning Mandarin (p.63), and the brilliant Economics (pp.12-13), which is also the source of the book's title:
I understand money, the trading of a symbol for energy between people, but time I don't comprehend any better than my husband's love for radio antennas or my need to study mystery... ... Each hour I spend working to make money is worth two hours, the hour I spend and the hour I lost smelling lilacs, ... Only love makes time not equal money. I quit work, go to my husband hunches over his transmitter. He shouts, "Yankee Zulu!", international phonetics, over the airwaves. "I'm a Yankee Zulu too," I say. He adjusts my buttons, begins protocol: "Let's send messages over inconceivable distances."
Autographed copy! You can get your very own copy with the poet's autograph if you contact Karen Braucher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sending Messages Over Inconceivable Distances is available directly from the publisher, The Bacchae Press. For an order form, more information about the book, and another poem ("First Chinese New Year"), check this web site: www.bcpl.lib.md.us/~tross/braucher/hninfo.html.
For more poetry samples, visit the author's website: http://www.karenbraucher.com.
Blog entry for Sending Messages Over Inconceivable Distances.
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