Auto Mechanic’s Daughter
Published by: Akashic Books
Release Date: 9/1/2007
Charting the vicissitudes of her own life, and the travails and triumphs of the lives of those whom she knows and loves, Harryman’s poems travel great distances, both internally and geographically, from the Kentucky of her youth to the California of her present moment (with a detour in Europe). In this movement we encounter moments of wisdom and insight, the small epiphanies derived from love and loss, grief and celebration, dreams and nightmares, curses and blessings . . . from gratitude and despair. Auto Mechanic’s Daughter is a lyrical journey into life’s private places and the small joys encountered there.
“In Karen Harryman’s hands, everything becomes a blessing.”
—Ellen Bass, author of Mules of Love
"Karen Harryman's poems are like the paintings of an artist who has fought her way back through hip sophistication and cynicism to a place where--without pretentious claim to outisder or naïve art--she has regained the ability to see and paint like a gifted child."
—Jeffry Skinner, author of Salt Water Amnesia
"...we encounter moments of wisdom and insight, the small epiphanies derived from love and loss, grief and celebration, dreams and nightmares, curses and blessings, gratitude and despair..."