Thursday, September 30, 2021

Madam Mayo Interviews Karren Alenier


The Steiny Road Poet (a.k.a. Karren Alenier) met Madam Mayo (Catherine Mayo)  a few years after she (Karren) returned from the School of Visual Arts workshop in Tangier, Morocco. We had that in common. Madam Mayo went the year after. 

Madam Mayo has many talents, poet, writer, translator, and long time blogger. Madam Mayo recently interviewed Karren about how we hold on, Paul Bowles, The Word Works and lots more.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

A Letter of Praise for a New Book



 I received this letter as an email about how we hold on, my latest collection of poetry. An author could ask for no greater praise.

Dear Karren:

I'm up in Vermont for a few weeks and have been reading your book, which arrived just before I left. I cannot tell you how impressed I am by your inventiveness, the range of your subject matter, your formal "flexibility," and the poems themselves. I read the entire thing in two sittings, which says a lot!

Another project while I'm up here is putting together a new workshop on prose poetry for The Writer's Center. Would you let me include your "Girl Talk" poem on the handout? I won't be teaching this until next spring, and the content is still in flux, but at the moment this poem would seem to fit in perfectly.

I found the love poems--particularly "Composition"--very moving. I know it has been a while since you lost your husband, but these poems really brought back a lot of what we long-married types seem to take for granted. So thank you for that.

with admiration,
Sue Ellen