No Such Thing as Distance


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Terrapin Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.24 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Karen Paul Holmes is the author of the poetry collections No Such Thing As Distance (Terrapin Press February 2018) and Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press 2014). She was named a Best Emerging Poet by Stay Thirsty Magazine in 2016 and received an Elizabeth George Foundation poetry grant in 2012. Her publishing credits include Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry East, Atlanta Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol 5: Georgia, among others.Formerly the VP of Communications at a global financial services company, Karen is now a freelance business writer, poet, and "roving" writing teacher. She founded and hosts the Side Door Poets and a monthly writers' night out with an open mic.
Diane Lockward is the editor of three earlier craft books: The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics (Terrapin Books, 2018), The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, 2016), and The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, rev. ed., 2016). She is also the author of four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her awards include the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Woman of Achievement Award. Her poems have been included in such journals as the Harvard Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. She is the publisher of Terrapin Books.


Karen Paul Holmes is a convincing poet. In No Such Thing as Distance, she mends the body/mind split, the life/death split, the love/betrayal split, and the parent/child split. With beauty and humor, she explores how the past remains the present through music, art, and pop culture, as well as her rich cultural inheritance. A truly empathetic writer, she feels her family's medical procedures and provides us with food--even the recipes! She knows that zumba and the waltz are all part of the same great dance. Her title may signal quantum physics, but it's also how close this poet whispers in her reader's ear.--Denise Duhamel

Karen Paul Holmes lifts up the extraordinary found in the everyday. Here are poems that brim with finely crafted detail, anchored to place while at the same time embracing change and impermanence. "Gulls winter here. / Like all fleeting things, they're special to me," her speaker says of a morning scene at her lake home. In poem after elegant poem, she takes us across generations and countries as she grapples with larger issues, unafraid to explore the fullness of love and loss, the circularity of life. "I lived this day once," she tells us, "and then lived it again."--Nancy Chen Long