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No Such Thing as Distance by Karen Paul Holmes
"Like a circus aerialist who makes us gasp one moment and laugh the next, the poet takes us from her immigrant father’s Macedonian roots to her own maturity, to the life of a woman who is smart and well-read yet knows her way around a Coney Island hot dog..."
"Her title may signal quantum physics, but it’s also how close this poet whispers in her reader’s ear."
"Karen Paul Holmes lifts up the extraordinary found in the everyday. Here are poems that brim with finely-crafted detail, anchored to place while at the same time embracing change and impermanence."
—Nancy Chen Long
Family, melding of cultures, meditations...and recipes for traditional Macedonian dishes.
Karen Paul Holmes has two poetry collections, No Such Thing as Distance (Terrapin Books, February 2018) and Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press, 2014). She was named a Best Emerging Poet by Stay Thirsty Media (2016), and publications include Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Crab Orchard Review, Tar River Poetry, diode, and Lascaux Review. To support fellow writers, Holmes founded and hosts a critique group in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she is a regional rep for the North Carolina Writers' Network.