Item description for Auto Mechanic's Daughter (Black Goat) by Karen Harryman...
"In Karen Harryman's hands everything becomes a blessing."-Ellen Bass, author of Mules of Love
Charting the vicissitudes of her own life, and the travails and triumphs of the lives of those whom she knows and loves, Karen Harryman's poems travel great distances, both internally and geographically.
Karen Harryman lives in Burbank, California, with her husband Kirker Butler. Auto Mechanic's Daughter is her first book.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Akashic Books
ISBN 1933354364 ISBN13 9781933354361
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Harryman
Karen Harryman lives in Burbank, CA, with her husband Kirker Butler. Her poems have been published in Poetry New Zealand, Writing Who We Are: An Anthology of Kentucky Feminists, and 52%, a literary magazine published by The Womyn's Center of Ottawa, Canada. Auto Mechanics Daughter is her first book.
Reviews - What do customers think about Auto Mechanic's Daughter (Black Goat)?
Insightful Poetry May 19, 2008
Karen Harryman's insightful viewpoint uplifts as well as informs the reader. She transports one to different places and times with gifted talent and literary skill. Can't wait for her next publication!
Reflecting the author's own trials and challenges Mar 5, 2008
Auto Mechanic's Daughter is an anthology of free-verse poetry by published poet Karen Harryman, whose work has appeared in "Alaska Quarterly Review", "Los Angeles Review", "Poetry New Zealand", and "Cortland Review", among other places. Reflecting the author's own trials and challenges, the poems speak of growing up in Kentucky, moving to California, and the culture shock that accompanies setting out to make a bold change in one's life. An open, heartfelt, and unforgettable glimpse into the hardships and rewards of surviving transition. "At Least": In May and June / there are the jacarandas' / purple blossoms fallen / on green lawns of every block // reminding me of home / how bluegrass isn't blue / until it gives up that flower / until it goes to seed.
A non-poetry guy just loved this book of poetry... Sep 14, 2007
Well, a non-poetry guy just loved this book of poetry. I'm genuinely surprised at how many emotions I felt as I read Karen Harryman's poems... and really amazed at how powerful some of them felt, considering how few words she sometimes chose to use. Some of my favorites were "Washing Dishes"... "Anniversary"... "The Truth"... "White Trash Blessing"... and of course, the "Auto Mechanic's Daughter". Many of them have the feeling that they were written by someone who has walked through several different lifetimes, all in the same pair of very worn shoes... especially "White Trash Blessing". I should say here that I'm the kind of guy who thought poetry had to rhyme and usually end in some sort of filthy but funny joke, so I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed reading this book... and how much the poems truly touched me... and how I now wished I had parceled out the poems over the course of a month, reading one a night, instead of having read them all in one sitting. I will be sure to not make that mistake on Karen Harryman's next book.