- Paperback: 70 pages
- Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing (13 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907401695
- ISBN-13: 978-1907401695
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,626,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Counting Rain Paperback – 25 Jan 2012
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Karen Dennison s first collection, Counting Rain, is a quiet and moving series of poems, in which the most recurrent theme is the loss of childhood, and the way it lodges in the memory. Here she writes, are the rooms of our childhood,/ the walls where we wrote our names. This is a skilful, perfectly disarming series of pieces, in which disquiet and tension lie just beneath the surface, held there carefully while the writer investigates moments of loss, love, discovery the whole collection is like a stealthy and imaginative search for the way the past and present impact upon one another. Its timing and its imagery are exceptionally exact: this is a life that we recognise, in which the writer uses her own experience to make us think about our own. It s wonderful a genuine journey, trodden and re-trodden, one that s a privilege to share. --Bill Greenwell
Karen Dennison's poems explore both the vastness of space and the intimacy of what passes between people in the cycle of birth, death, and what happens in between. She has a scientist's concern for precision, but a poet's ear for lyric. Her poems are direct and powerfully emotional in their desire to seek a pattern in chaos and to wake the ghosts of memory. An exciting debut. --Tamar Yoseloff
Dennison s poems bristle with disquiet and transformation. Her images leap off the page and look you right in the eye. --Helen Ivory
About the Author
Born in 1969, Karen Dennison's passion for poetry began in her early thirties. Since then, she has completed numerous poetry courses and workshops and belongs to an active writer's group. Her poems have been published in South, Orbis, The New Writer and Ink Sweat and Tears. Karen won the Indigo Dreams Collection Competition in 2011
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The collection opens with birth (Moon Landing) and ends with The Final Room and in between we are carried spellbound through childhood memories and fears, the discovery and loss of love, longings and acceptance. Karen Dennison's poems ask direct questions of us and help us recognise our own emotions - as in Grief:
I cracked open a bottle
of grief ........................
Sobbing with drunken hiccups, I drank myself
with a six-year hangover.
This is a 'must-have' collection for all poetry lovers - up there with the best. I can't recommend it enough
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