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“Karen Hayes’ poetry, like herself and the river she writes of, seemingly
flows quietly and serenely, but just below the surface, a powerful
literary undercurrent screams to be heard with phrases such as ‘Rage
plain as welts,’ ‘stainless thin tongue,’ ‘swirling with sweet, distressful
longing,’ and ‘Tell me if I’m normal / Tell me if my apathy / is a
symptom of my upbrung life.’ Karen’s poem Unraveled looks at the
lost life of a homeless woman who ‘…should have been a hermit /
secluded away near a wide-open vista / mountains distant blue / now
she’s stuck here / mumbling along on the side / walking near the
edge…Worn / tattered and torn / she carries a handful of blanket /
like a scrap of love / bundled up / with woven fantasies / wrapped
in gossamer / cobweb ends trailing behind.’ Very good work, Karen.”
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