Sunday October 25 at 3 pm
Virtual Poetry Reading & Book Launch for PEACE MAPS
Join us on Zoom for poetry and conversation!
Karen K. Lewis lives in rural Northern California between the forest and the sea. She holds an MFA from Antioch Los Angeles and has traveled widely. Karen leads workshops with California Poets in the Schools and is a former Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Her poems explore territory of physical and imaginary geographies, to map historical and personal moments of solitude, motherhood, loss, endurance, desire, surrender.
“Poets are like cartographers” says Karen K. Lewis in Peace Maps. Through landscapes plagued by violence, drought and plastic trash, “fragments of poems remain, like tourniquets … to mend our fatal hemorrhage/ of despair.” She maps each poem to a specific place on earth, not only with discreet latitude and longitude coordinates, but also with love for the beings, human, animal and vegetable, that make a home there, and for the land itself.
–Maureen Eppstein, author of Earthward
“Humane and stirring, Karen Lewis‘s Peace Maps is a stunning cartography of the heart, charting new realms of loss and joy. Brave, honest, and clear, these vistas show us where we need to go.”
–Lisa Locascio, author of Open Me
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Peace Maps explores real and imaginary terrain at the intersection of ecology and devastation. From Chaco Canyon to Chernobyl, Beirut to Zuma, the poet excavates artifacts and elements to map themes of love, loss, motherhood, and healing. Sensory natural images take root and grow beneath daily lives--offering hope, heart, and glimmers of peace.