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Kazimierz Square
Karen Chase

2000 • 74 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9678856-0-5

A collection of power and humor in earthy eroticism, invoking both the fever and hope in wakeful dreams. A bold work of the elegiac past and the visceral present converging in provocative imagery. There is often an undercurrent of longing in Chase’s poems—the longing of hunger, of sex, of unfinished business with the dead. Central to the collection is the title poem, a spiraling nightmare that explores the messy and terrifying commingling of religion, death and history’s unpardonable sins.

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“Lyric and eros armed with a ‘tattered’ shield of humor.”—Andrei Codrescu

From the Book:

Past the long wood table, set with herring
and schnapps, I walk through the schul
to the women's back room. Up and down
men dahven, humming insect sound. Leaderless
they scuffle and pray. Through the lace-draped
window, I watch, take out my pen.
A beaver-hatted man swirls, spins, spots me
through the lace. Wigged women surround me,
try to pull my pen away.
“Here you do nothing but pray.”
I leave the sanctuary. On a park bench, I touch my pen.

From “Kazimierz Square”

Among her honors, KAREN CHASE has been recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and numerous grants, including several from The Witter Bynner Foundation For Poetry and The Rockefeller Foundation. She was poet-in-residence at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, a large psychiatric hospital, poetry teacher to severely disturbed patients and a guest lecturer at the Lally School of Management and Technology (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) as part of a course called "Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship," co-taught by Ivar Giaever, Nobel Laureate in physics. She is the founder and director of the Camel River Writing Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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