Space Inhabited by Echoes by Karen Jennings
04 May 2018
Space Inhabited by Echoes is a very frank and poignant collection of poems in four parts inspired by the author’s personal experiences. It takes the reader on a journey from the first pangs of love to settling down to a new life.
Part I is about relationships, tentative beginnings, a liaison gone sour, of relationships before. It’s also about finding your feet in life and, looking back, be surprised at how far you have moved on.
Part II is about emigrating to a completely new country in order to be with the person you love. Moving between continents, from South Africa to Brazil, Karen Jennings eloquently describes how this affects her personal life and her relation with her husband. Not side stepping the problems of adjusting to a new environment, very appropriate for these times, when many people have to come to grips with life in a new country.
Part III is about accepting reality and learning to enjoy new experiences. It shows the author’s fascination with the flora and fauna around her. This theme is prominent in all of Karen Jennings’s work.
Part IV is inspired by some of the people who formed her, mother, grandfather and a twin that never was. It highlights the bittersweet aspects of dealing with close relatives and an unexpected surprise at finding out about a new family member.
About the author:
Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town in 1982. She holds Master’s degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Release date: 17 May 2018