Quarantine Tales in “From Whispers to Roars”

One fun thing about publishing on the internet, is sometimes a poem gets accepted for publication and you forget about it for nine months before looking it up. Here’s one, “Pandemic,” about this corona, this crown of the baby’s head near birth, the light that gets around the eclipse, this glimpse of making way for a new world: https://www.fromwhisperstoroars.com/quarantine-tales/2020/4/9/quarantine-tales-a-series-week-1.

The chrysalis metaphor feels more real than ever. How in the world does something as complex as a caterpillar need to turn to amorphous fluid before becoming something even more complex and capable, as a butterfly?

Thank you to Johanna Hall for the multiple corona metaphors above. Can’t we all use a dose of positivity as we approach the darkest night of this dark year?

Voices of the Earth, still speaking out

A second volume of Voices of the Earth: The Future of our Planet is out. In a lovely endorsement, RI poet laureate Tina Cane says of the anthology of Rhode Island poets: “To read these poems is to be galvanized.”

Unmuting the Sonority of the Written Word

Wow. Never been coached on writing a blog post before. Repeating your search terms is apparently a thing. If I were editing this piece, I’d take all that repetition out. So old school.

Anyway, it was fun to write.

FringePVD virtual performances on video

One advantage of the Fringe Fest having to go virtual this year is that all the performances were recorded. You can watch any and all for a $20 “All Access Pass” through the Wilbury Theatre. After you purchase your pass on http://fringepvd.org/all-access-viewing.html, you’ll  get a link and password via email. Scroll through the delicious offerings or search for “Preliminary Visions.”

Ash Wednesday

Heart of Flesh Literary Journal published my (quite Buddhist) take on “Ash Wednesday;” the binding of Issac; and Noah’s sea level rise and modern scientists’ prophesies, in poems called, respectively, “Ash Wednesday;” “Anticipating the Akedah Moment;” and “What a Fragile Earth it is without a God./What a Violent One it is with One.”

All three poems are from the chapbook Post-Catholic Midrashim.

Call for Submissions

The Youth Guest Editorial Board of Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects invites you to submit for the upcoming Aug/Sep 2020 issue crafted by young people.

We welcome submissions of proposals or final content that aligns with this issue’s theme, which orients around the Seven Generations Exercise of the Work That Reconnects.

Please read this call for submissions for more information and feel free to reach out to us at deeptimesyouth@gmail.com. Submissions are due by July 1. If you have an idea that requires feedback please submit it by June 15. Whenever you are ready to submit an idea or full submission, we will be collecting those using this form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

My first full-length poetry collection, “Preliminary Visions,” published

Prelminary Visions‘s publication date was April Fools Day. My first full-length poetry collection was published and in bookstores!–that were locked down.

But there’s a way out. Support a small press (Homebound Publications) and a small bookstore by ordering the book through your favorite local bookstore. Get it delivered or pick it up, depending on how your bookstore’s operating under the pandemic, and you’ll have something to while a way an hour or two, or more, depending on how you savor poetry. Or buy it directly from the publisher here.


From the cover:

“In the deep woods, hikers say, if you feel you are being watched by an animal, you probably are. Preliminary Visions creates moments of being, moments of relation, moments of meaning-making—frequently with that sense of being observed by a silent witness and a light source outside the frame. The poems’ impressionistic relationality begins to blur the imaginary outlines of the separate self and provokes instead a sense of the ‘ecological self,’ a worldview that offers a way out of the world-class delusions we’ve created and reclaims a healthy way to be—with/in Earth.”

I’m so honored that two amazing writers and thinkers, Major Jackson and Molly (Young) Brown, were willing to blurb the book. Here’s what they have to say:

“This is true poetry, combining a haiku-like perception of a pregnant moment or scene with a fine attunement to the sound and flow of words. Karina’s poems offer images of moments that speak to both heart and mind, moving from her own life experiences and challenges to the crises humanity faces today, with all the confusion, grief, rage, and insight that arise in response.” –Molly Brown, author of Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning

“If memory and poetic craft orient us—in Karina Lutz’s Preliminary Visions—to the natural spaces and events that define our lives, then an abiding commitment to recording in radiant forms and language make a useful wisdom of her protean efforts; which means this fine collection of poetry, questing toward immanence and illumination, is a necessary read for those of us who value wonder.” –Major Jackson, poetry editor, Harvard Review, author of Roll Deep