Poetry. "Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in OUT FROM CALABOOSE completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem. What I wove through during the course of that reading was a feast: imagery fine enough that it startled; rhythms that wove from poem to poem, joining all their music together; and language so sleek that not one word had been left standing if it ought not to be. In this collection, Herceg brings us her life and all its many emotional truths, some ugly, some beautiful, but all revealed with restraint—so that by book's end, we are left in wonder."—Linda Gray Sexton
"In OUT FROM CALABOOSE, Karen Corinne Herceg traces what one might call a karmic trajectory from oppressive relationships in adult life back to a controlling or absent parent whose chiseled stone dates leave 'impressions in her flesh.' And, after that, to a freeing."—Roberta Gould
"OUT FROM CALABOOSE is a marvelous, skillful, and evocative work."—Dr. David B. Austell, Columbia University
"This is a remarkable work, a Virginia Woolf moment stretched into a book of poems, or a Whitman rumination that refuses to come to an end, enamored as it is by life's ongoing rush. OUT FROM CALABOOSE affirms Herceg's faith in a poet's visionary status as she imagines her hand reaching toward, snapping through 'embryonic clay' and sculpting lives that could become whole..."—Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet
American poet Karen Corinne Herceg graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Literature & Writing and has graduate credits in editing, revision and psychology. A recipient of N.Y. State grants, she has been featured at major venues such as The N.Y. Public Library, The Queens Museum, The Province town Playhouse, St. John's University, Binghamton University and many others with such renowned poets as Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Philip Schultz and poet William Packard, founder of The New York Quarterly. Karen was co-founder and editor of The First East Coast Theatre & Publishing Company which published poetry by Anna Adams, Stuart Kaufman, Roger Steigmeier, and a novel by Charles Powers. Her first volume of poems is Inner Sanctions. Karen's most recent publications include Antioch University's Lunch Ticket Journal, The Avalon Literary Review, MockingHeart Review, Badlands, The Furious Gazelle, Reminisce—a publication of Readers Digest—and several publications in the U.K. Karen is currently working with Khalilah Ali, writing her memoirs as the former wife of the legendary Muhammad Ali.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA