Publishing a collection of poetry is a big deal. Publishing two books of poetry with different publishers within a span of four months is a huge deal. And that’s exactly what poet and writer Jen Karetnick has done.
In May, Winter Goose Publishing published Karetnick’s American Sentencing, a collection of 71 poems that generally address the subject of illness. Karetnick dedicated the collection to “those who suffer from chronic, invisible illnesses” and to “their physicians and caretakers.” The title contains a kind of irony – we in America are known for our “problem-solution” outlook on life and our discomfort with illness and disease that stubbornly resist categorization and treatment. Shouldn’t a pill or surgery fix everything?
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.