Carolyn Martin The Way a Woman Knows

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The Way a Woman Knows

 
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Carolyn Martin, in her second collection of poetry, is not afraid to ask the difficult questions and tackles them with her intelligent wit, wrapping them individually in her quilt of compassion. "I love the intimacy, feistiness, smarts, and charm of Carolyn Martin's second collection of poetry. She is a poet deeply invested in everyday holiness, in “cobwebs sighing on a wall” and “glory pouring over earth.” In love with mysteries brought down to earth, Martin knows what contemporary oracles are for; her often visionary gaze lets us see “what's useful to know/when nothing's just itself.” She handles the most difficult subjects – death, gender identity, love, families, war, and belief – with great compassion and clarity." – Kathleen Halme, author of My Multiverse, winner of the 2014 Green Rose Prize

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From Roman Catholic nun and Associate Professor of English to management trainer and business writer, Carolyn Martin’s life has taken her from coast to coast, from the classroom to the conference stage, from poetry to business writing and back again.

She is the co-author of four books on generational diversity in the workplace and has traveled across North America teaching seasoned managers how to coach younger employees. She wrote articles for numerous business publications including Global HR and Nursing Management, and her work has been cited in dozens of periodicals around the world from Beijing to Montreal, Buenos Aires to London.

After retiring from the business world in 2008, she returned to her first love--poetry. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, and her first poetry collection, Finding Compass, was published by Queen of Wands Press in 2011.

Carolyn currently lives in Clackamas, Oregon, where she gardens, writes, and plays with creative colleagues.

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I love the intimacy, feistiness, smarts, and charm of Carolyn Martin's second collection of poetry. She is a poet deeply invested in everyday holiness ... In love with mysteries brought down to earth, Martin knows what contemporary oracles are for; her often visionary gaze lets us see "what's useful to know / when nothing's just itself." She handles the most difficult subjects - death, gender identity, love, families, war, and belief - with great compassion and clarity.

- Kathleen Halme, author of My Multiverse,
winner of the 2014 Green Rose Prize


The Way a Woman Knows traverses the profane and the quotidian, as in "slick with rabbit-splat the Kia / smeared in puddling rain" and soars into the realm of the goddess and myth, revealed in the poem "Dancing with the Women in the Moon." With a fresh eye, Carolyn Martin re-envisions old tales like Antigone and Ismene, David and Goliath. And in her masterful, heart-wrenching persona poem "What's Left to Burn," this former nun dares to tell the truth about family and loss.

- Willa Schneberg, author of Rending the Garment,
recipient of the 2002 Oregon Book Award in Poetry
for In The Margins of The World


Throughout Carolyn Martin's vibrant new poetry collection, ... we hear a rare voice, a voice of honesty and clarity. Not afraid to ask questions of love, history, memory, or God, Martin's poems search out the difficult, vital answers ... This is a book that gracefully opens its hands to the answers, both painful and humorous alike. Whether "releasing secrets / into dusk like enlightened fireflies" or asking directly to be surprised by God, Martin's powerful poems tell us that we can live like this - in poetry, in love, in truth.

- Annie Lighthart, author of Iron String,
Airlie Press, 2013.

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