Labor as a tulip
arrays its flame, nu
form, as the bulb-star,
interred, divines its ore
surging the gulf
rooting it into
Leaf-blades score the heap.
other worlds, cries, far.
In 1967, Karen Volkman was born in Miami, Florida. She was educated at New College, Syracuse University, and the University of Houston.
She is the author of Whereso (BOA Editions, 2016); Nomina (BOA Editions, 2008); Spar (University of Iowa Press, 2002), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Crash’s Law (W. W. Norton, 1998), which was selected for the National Poetry Series by Heather McHugh.
She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Whereso (BOA Editions, 2016)
Nomina (BOA Editions, 2008)
Spar (University of Iowa Press, 2002)
Crash’s Law (W. W. Norton, 1998)