in conversation with Lee Kravetz
Diving At the Lip of the Water
Corte Madera Store
Sat., May 13, 2023 • 2:00pm PT
Diving at the Lip of the Water is Karen Poppy's much anticipated debut poetry collection.
The book confronts family systems and societal gender expectations, to reclaim what makes us powerful and whole. It revels in and demonstrates what the legendary Judy Grahn calls “paradox and power” in her praise for Karen Poppy's poetic exploration.
Karen Poppy has written a book “that will rough a reader up and then wrap their scrapes in silk” according to Francesca Bell.
Scott Ferry observes that Karen Poppy “wields the power of the immortal in each word, each song.”
Sonia Greenfield writes that “the poems...are wide-ranging...whether they're leaping off from the lines of Whitman or Plath, exploring failures of intimacy, or gathering animals in a menagerie of the symbolic, their untamed characteristics bristling at the book's edges and representative of the speaker's own wild sense of self.”
In this daring collection, the reader holds hands with the poet to dive at the lip of the water. What treasures and truths await below the surface? You will find the answer in these luminous, arresting poems.
Karen Poppy (she/her; non-binary) has work published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Diving at the Lip of the Water is Karen Poppy's first full-length poetry collection. Her chapbooks Crack Open / Emergency (2020) and Our Own Beautiful Brutality (2021) are published by Finishing Line Press. Her chapbook Every Possible Thing is published by Homestead Lighthouse Press (2020). An attorney licensed in California and Texas, Karen Poppy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. More at karenpoppy.com.
Lee Kravetz is the author of the national bestselling novel The Last Confessions of Sylvia P., (a "The Millions" Most Anticipated Pick and A Good Morning America Pick) as well as acclaimed nonfiction, Strange Contagion and SuperSurvivors. He has written for print and television, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Psychology Today, The Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, and PBS. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two children.
Karen Poppy photo courtesy of the author; Lee Kravetz photo courtesy of the author