-from "A Recipe for Okra" by Maliha Mannan
Writing is rarely seamless. Though, every now and then, a poem will come to me in a rush: demanding to be written down—line after line—cramping my fingers into submission.
The dragon the hero slays at the end of the story is the fear, the pain that is keeping them back from what they are called to do in this life.
These books need not stand for anything in particular, but they always touch down somewhere deep: taking gentle care to remind me that humanity is complex and entertainment is not simply a distraction, but the measure of what we have come to value.
Karen Burnette Garner is a native of Georgia, a state in the American South, and has painted professionally since 1983. Her paintings of Charleston, SC scenes and the American lowcountry are highly collected. As she explores a variety of art media, she has been led to new experiments in multimedia abstractions to ceramic sculpture. A published literary reviewer and essayist, artist and illustrator, and an award-winning, published poet, she continues to evolve as a true renaissance woman. Ms. Garner currently creates from her new studio in Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
We’re at a time when there’s this reckoning, a kind of cultural and racial reckoning going on in this country. It’s racial and also sexual; over women and then over sexual identity. So, all of this is coming—and then climate change—all of this, all at once.
What can be found in the liner notes of this book is a young person trying to find their place in the outer world and inner world that exists in their head