- Publisher: Finishing Line Press (2011)
- ISBN-10: 1599247674
- ISBN-13: 978-1599247670
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,939,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Into the Heartland Paperback – 2011
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"Karen George's Into the Heartland gently tugs us off the porch and into the country. Her heartland is lush and contained by a keen silence, an observant inner voice that is at once calm, contemplative, and hungry for so much more. Reading her work has been like setting off downriver alone in a canoe, how the vessel glides, how the river both makes way and pulls, how the reader feels both the gentleness of the poet's good heart and the vigor of life's rugged adventure and uncompromising inevitability." -Philip Deaver
"A constantly enchanted world swirls inside Karen George's poems. This world exists in her new book, Into the Heartland, because of a kaleidoscope of story: George's narrative, story-rich poems are steeped deeply in family, rural life, work, and especially the natural world. Her poems - yes, enchanted - embrace mystery. They always fill my mind with great pleasure." -Jeff Hillard
as I follow you
into the heart of the forest:
fallen trunks at every turn,
air cool and dense,
These few lines from the book's title poem give us both a representative sample and an apt image for the whole collection. Poet Karen George leads us deep into the woods, deep into her childhood backyard, deep into the snowy cemetery . . . Like a photographer who works in black and white, the poet captures the sensory details of place and the layers of family and love relationships in sparse but compelling language. "Into the Heartland" is a rich harvest of words.
off the bank,
all she held tight inside
This is how Karen George begins her poem, "Indian Summer" and this is how you feel when you slide into the language of Ms. George. You will give way. And, if you're like me, you'll hear the sound of your own contented sigh as you recognize how well this poet understands your heart. Into the Heartland connects, simply and eloquently.