Between The Lines :: Karen O'Connor
FINGERPRINTS (On Canvas) :: Karen O'Connor
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Check out Between The Lines, poetry collection by Karen O'Connor, wonderful poignancy, had the audience enthralled

Sue Leonard (Author and Journalist)

West Cork Literary Festival 2011

Between The Lines - Karen O'Connor - In this collection she explores what it means to be a woman whether as mother, wife, lover or friend. She also addresses the relationship between men and women, how it can go wrong, how we cope. Her poems are tightly constructed as lines and images run into each other. Emotions and thoughts are described through imagery which can be startling or amusing as in "God on the Landing" where she describes a turkey roasting, "his ass golden in the oven"

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Karen O’Connor’s poetic universe in Between the Lines is thronged with close and extended family (many generations, living and dead), and the interactions range from tender to toxic.………. This is a collection by a woman who will be read avidly by women and feminists of a certain cast, because of the honesty of its account of family life…… They are tough poems, but not brutalist. They inspire hope of fuller communications, of richer exchanges, and the confessions are made in a tone of acceptance of human frailty.
Mostly the poems tug heartstrings that one is pleased to have pulled and do so without sentimentality………….. There are also deliciously simple poems about female sexuality......

I found O’Connor’s a stunning collection with no false notes.
Associate Professor Frances Devlin-Glass


The Australasian Journal of Irish Studies Vol 11 2011

All Poems © Karen O'Connor 2011 - No works can be redistrubted for public use without prior consent from the author

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