Jen Karetnick: A Reading From The Burning Where Breath Used to Be

The Burning Where Breath Used to Be by Jen Karetnick is an all-consuming trek through a distinct sensibility – nothing escapes its notice, and nothing fails to be fuel for […]


Jen Karetnick: A Reading From The Burning Where Breath Used to Be

Author:Jen Karetnick


The Burning Where Breath Used to Be by Jen Karetnick is an all-consuming trek through a distinct sensibility – nothing escapes its notice, and nothing fails to be fuel for her fires. These poems witness, converse, debate, and reckon with the world in daring, inventive, and prescient ways.

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Jen Karetnick is the author of three previous full-length poetry collections: Brie Season; American Sentencing; and The Treasures That Prevail. She is also the author of five poetry chapbooks including The Crossing Over; and Prayer of Confession. In addition, she is the editor of two anthologies of Florida poets and writers. Karetnick is the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine and freelances as a food-travel-lifestyle journalist. Her work has appeared in many publications throughout the years including The Atlantic.com, Forbes, and Miami Herald. In The Burning Where Breath Used to Be (David Roberts Books) Karetnick draws from many sources. Her poems might include scientific terms, and emojis or then remind the reader of the music in words. Nothing fails to be fuel for her fires. Elizabeth Jacobson, author of Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air praised it “What I love about Jen Karetnick’s poems, and particularly the poems in this book, is that each one has its own keen mind. As readers, we experience this mind witnessing, conversing, debating and reckoning with the world, or not. These poems are vital for the soul the way lungs are vital for the breath.”

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