Poetry by Karen Wiesner

Poetry by Karen Wiesner

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SOUL BLEEDS The Poetry, Melodies, and Other Wanderings of Karen Wiesner

Reissued and Expanded!

Formerly titled SOUL BLEEDS The Dark Poetry and Other Wanderings of K.S. Wiesner

A 2002 EPIC Award finalist EPPIE Award

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ISBNs 978-1-300-18197-2 (hardcover)
978-1-300-16545-3 (trade paperback)
978-1-300-18121-7 (electronic)

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Please note that the Atlantic Bridge Publishing version is currently out of print

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The Poetry, Melodies, and Other Wanderings of Karen Wiesner

The Eyes of the Poet…

It comes in many different forms. It's been around since the beginning of time, and it evolves with each new generation. It can be said as unequivocal fact that there's no longer a right or wrong way to do it. The only thing that has never changed is that every poem ever written shows us the eyes of the poet.

Looking without.

As love mirrors the heart, poetry mirrors personality. Many poets choose to write about things outside of themselves-nature, God, events. This mirrors their personal character and the way they look at the world.

Looking within.

Other poets take the outside world into themselves and use the intimate emotions to reveal their own hearts.

Just looking.

Then there are poets like me, who do a little of both...or a lot of neither.

If you're looking for flowery observations on nature, rhyming pieces with any type of standard or pattern, seemingly meaningless verses that you have to know the "code" to understand, you won't find it here. The 39 poems you're about to read are eclectic, to say the least. They're a combination of honesty, raw emotion, vivid imagery, gritty reality, story metaphors, introspection, depression, and even "song-like" verses. My idea of great poetry is something that I can relate to, something that moves me, something that takes the human condition and makes it both frail and somehow beautiful in its starkness. It's my hope that you feel these same things as you read my heart through various phases of my life.

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"Free verse as rhythmic as the sea, SOUL BLEEDS sings a lyric song of love in its many permutations. The jeweled words flow from the poet's heart, but the distilled truths were wrest from the fabric of her soul."

~Award-winning author Patricia Lucas White

"Karen Wiesner's words follow a willow-wispy me-girl through every twist and turn of romantic love from Sometimes I Don’t Love You to Love You, an unconditional love. Karen's wispy girl has grown into a willow-woman bending toward God and a love she can't lose in And It Isn’t That. Saved to the last, Touch, probes a woman's heart, bound in the pain and gain of the gift of love for child, husband, God, self. Karen makes me catch my breath, remembering."

~Rose Hampton Newton, author of Rumination Road

"Karen Wiesner's poetry is her own. Though some of her poems, like Touch, are dark, most of her poems do not fit the mold of dark poetry--or any mold for that matter. Her poetry coins its own term: "High Drama." Wiesner's poetry is broken hearts, it's love, it's redemption and fear; it's loneliness. Her poetry is honest to her heart. Steal Away and Your Father’s Love are my favorites in the collection."

~Valerie Hardin, acclaimed Gothic poet; EPPIE finalist for her Gothic poetry collection in 2000 and for her children's e-books in 2000 and 2001

"Love is a Choice: This poem title is an excellent description of how someone will react to it. You either choose to love it or leave it. It is a book filled with the painful realities of life and those who prefer rose-colored glasses may find it hard to read. In Part III: The Many Faces of Fear...the author has found more than fear. She has found her ability to make us feel. The many faces of fear are also the many faces of pain and this section of Wiesner's book is the most compelling. R.I.P. {Repose Inside of Pain} An interesting title suggesting where this poem will lead. But, as you read the poem, you find that there is no repose. While "Touch" is the last poem in this collection of love, faith and fear, for me, it was the best. It leaves you with an aching heart. It takes you down a maze where you feel the sorrow of another's pain. It reminds you that life makes no promises."

~reviewed by Belinda Anne Landtroop

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About the Author

Award-winning author Karen Wiesner has been writing poetry since she was a teenager and had several poems published in various anthologies before the age of 16. Hesitant to call herself a poet, she prefers to describe her poems as "writing in flow--kind of like a street version of classical poetry. If you like reading song lyrics, you'll love my "poems”."

To find out more about Karen's work, visit https://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/index.html#bio.

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