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About the Author

Karen Holmberg won the Vassar Miller Prize for her book The Perseids: Poems (University of North Texas Press, 2001). Her poems and essays have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Slate, The Nation, New England Review, and elsewhere. Influenced by a biologist father, she is interested in science, medicine, and the natural world. She received her PhD in English (poetry) at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She currently directs the MFA program at Oregon State University and lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; 1st edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886157839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886157835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,501,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. L. Cooper VINE VOICE on March 13, 2015
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Axis Mundi Poems by Karen Holmberg weave nature, emotion, memory, and life into a book of experiences that leave the reader immersed in each moment and floating toward the next. Holmberg's delightful and enthralling prose draws connections that invigorate the senses. Holmberg's poems explore life from myriad angles breaking open the reader's natural resistance to see the ugly in the beautiful and the beautiful in the ugly. With metaphors that seem delightfully specific and yet somehow vague enough to drive the reader's imagination to new places as it conjures images of memories and slices of nostalgia, the poems in Axis Mundi bring the reader face-to-face with the inter-connectivity of the world.
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Like many of her poems on emotion and nature, Karen Holmberg, captures the raw emotion that one feels when their emotions walk outside of their body and experience extraordinary challenges. The descriptive imagery that is apart of Holmberg's writing, depicts the true essence of powerful emotions through the personal disasters. In her book of poems, "Axis Mundi" Holmberg uses powerful language and teeters between life and death, through her narrative speakers. "The Keeper," a poem which portrays a boy who catches a fish and means to throw it back, however the fish dies and the boy and his family examine the parts of the fish and the imagery impacts the reader. The first poem of the book, "Ward" has a powerful feel and depicts a mother and her loss for her child and the note from the author about it being inspired from a true event, (Indian Ocean Tsunami). This poem grabs your attention and plays at your heart strings, it is impossible to not continue reading the remaining poems.
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I've never reviewed a book of poetry before, so I don't really know what I'm doing. Like a collection of short stories, I'm not going to review each and every poem. I enjoyed these poems, even though sometimes they got a bit weird. I would say they were a bit like a piece of art from the surrealism movement. They would start off nice and normal and then morph into something a bit odd and otherworldly. The subjects of the poems were about topics such as the poets daughters, being a mother, nature, and also animals among other things. I enjoyed the ones that seemed to be about nature the most. I am giving this book of poetry 3 out of 5 stars.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and BkMk Press in exchange for an honest review.
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