Karen Pierce Gonzalez – Guest Feature

Patricia’s Pen is delighted to welcome poet, Karen Pierce Gonzalez as she celebrates the launch of her poetry pamphlet Coyote in the Basket of My Ribs published by Kelsay Books.

Coyote In the Basket of My Ribs

Karen Pierce Gonzalez

Coyote in the Basket of My Ribs was inspired by a long-held kinship I have with Coyote. Not the trickster most people think of, but the mythic messenger who travels between life and death with seamless ease. Little did I know that, as the collection came together, she would guide by example as I unearthed again regions of my own very difficult life/death terrain.

The loss of my sister Fortunee when we were children was one of those canyons. Her death, unfortunately, occurred in a car accident as she and my mother were driving to the store to get something for me. The many facets of this loss have stayed with me as has Coyote who knows the borders between ‘here’ and ‘there’ are as muted as the veils between light and shadow.

It was the Coyote Dream sequences (often emerging from meditative journeys) that wove together my fragmented sister/family memories. And it was Coyote who sometimes fiercely, sometimes gently taught me how to hold what I love by letting it go so that I could live.

A little teaser from the collection – Coyote II

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Signed copies and Northern California bird feather as bookmark are also available by contacting Karen directly:  kpgfolkheart@gmail.com

About Karen Pierce Gonzalez

Karen Pierce Gonzalez’s writing credits include True North (Origami Poems Project 2022),  Coyote in the Basket of My Ribs (Alabaster Leaves Press/Kelsay Books 2023), Down River with Li Po  (Black Cat Poetry Press 2024). Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction (including journalism and folklore) have appeared in local, national, and international radio shows, publications and podcasts, and her short plays have been staged at local fringe festivals. She has earned several awards (California Writers Association, San Francisco Pen, Redwood Writers, etc.) and has been nominated for Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A National Arts Program featured artist, her 3D assemblage art has shown in several west coast galleries and has appeared in several literary magazines.  






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