Have a look at Karen McCarthy Woolf’s Open Notebook project here … within a couple of clicks you can get to a pantoum written by customer service robots, a sonnet written with one eye closed, and a picture of a plastic Pluto dog in a swimming pool included because it looks like the sun in the sky. Karen’s mind runs around like a busy terrier in a wood, and her poems rattle with the widest range of thoughts and allusions, we like them very much.

The poems which make up her Astronaut show are from a particular sequence about loss, they are an object lesson in how poetry can transform the hardest parts of our lives into something like a treatment, something like a memorial.


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