The poet Kate Daniels has described this book, Whalley's first, as "poems made from humble material: the quotidian realities of ordinary, stoical people who have constructed lives from mortgages and child-rearing, shopping malls and interstate motels, doctor's appointments and cutting the grass. What Whalley sees beneath the surfaces of those lives is the terrible price of foregoing beauty." The surprise of the book is the way in which the poet transforms these familiar things into an extended spiritual inquiry on love and loss, in language at once transparent and strange.
Karen Whalley is the author of The Rented Violin (Ausable Press). She is a graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and recipient of the Rona Jaffe Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Sun Magazine, American Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Florida Review, and other journals. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.Author City: USA