Next to Everything that is Breakable

By Kara Knickerbocker

In deciding which book to begin with as my first review in the Poetry Corner, I considered many options.  Do I start with classics like Emily Dickinson or dive right in to the more contemporary with Rupi Kaur (a favorite)?  Then, it suddenly hit me and I knew it was right.  

You likely may not yet know Kara Knickerbocker, but if I were a betting woman, I would put my chips on her side. I had the pleasure of getting to know Kara's work during our Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshop earlier this year and each week, I looked forward to reading her poems as I was almost always guaranteed to relate to them.  

The clever words she pairs together to describe life events, like in her poem Made with Love where she describes her experience with having heart surgery in lines such as [t]hey carved a slice in my warm bread of a body, strikes something deep in your core and, at times, takes your breath away.  

Wise beyond her years, Kara has a way of helping you feel both understood and understanding as I often found my own experiences in her words and, in those I didn't, felt I was there with her in them.  

Kara's amazing journeys as a world traveler are reflected on the pages of her book where she takes us on trips around the globe in poems such as Passport and then brings us back home again to ourselves in others about broken love and a mended heart.

With less than 30 pages of poetry, it's a chapbook with not too much to bite off at once, which is a good thing.  It is relatable and not pretentious, which is also a good thing.  And if you are new to the poetry arena or just want to get to know a new author, this is a great place to start.

Kara is just getting started and having her first collection in your hands will not be a bad decision!

If you would like to give it a shot, you can find her book on Amazon (link below) or directly from the publisher, Finishing Line Press.