From the Book of Remembrance
poems and paintings by Karla Van Vliet
From the Book of Remembrance is a collection of love poems, but not typical love poems. These are gritty and confrontational, made of blood and spit. These explore relationship with the beloved, the one that makes our heart sing, whether in the world or the divine realm.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-941830-23-9 (print)
58 pages; 20 illustrations
Karla Van Vliet studied visual art at Bennington College. She received her B.A. from Goddard College and her M.F.A. in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the co-founder and editor of deLuge, a literary and arts journal. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Tishman Review. Van Vliet’s book of poems entitled The River From My Mouth (North of Eden Press) was published in 2010. She is a Dreamwork analyst and administrator of the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College. Van Vliet lives in Bristol, Vermont.
"Intrepid and possessed, "From the Book of Remembrance" is the gorgeous, penetrating music of a wild and battered heart, mended and reassembled into a lush spell of paradise reclaimed. Karla Van Vliet once again reminds us of the great vessel of feeling, amplified to song, which is the work of great art. Laid-bare, awakened by the seasonal turns of the body’s furious abandon, her work is the work of mystical attainment. As always when encountering the woman, I invite you to marvel at her incredible and original gifts."
"Karla Van Vliet’s poems carry a faith like a torch of fury lighting up any darkness and filling it with a kind of truth. In this book of her poems and paintings, Van Vliet enacts a spirituality that exists within “the deep heart’s core,” to quote Yeats, but also in the intimate and natural spaces of the world. Pound said poetry is “news that stays news,” and each of the prose poems in this collection is a post from the other world that is inside this one, revealing our lives. Each poem is a petal in the great Beloved’s flower blossoming. There is a quiet knowing here that I trust, a quiet ripple of the natural world taking its shape and letting it go."
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