Space Inhabited by Echoes
AUTHOR KAREN JENNINGS
FORMAT PORTRAIT; 138MM X 215MM; PAPERBACK
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. Part II is about emigrating to a completely new country in order to be with the person you love. Part III is about accepting reality and learning to enjoy new experiences. Part IV is inspired by some of the people who formed her, mother, grandfather and a twin that never was.
‘Karen Jennings shows here she is that rare writer who can change genre mid-stream. Her poems display a virtuosity and depth that many poets only reach later in their careers.’ – Kobus Moolman
‘This is a breath-taking debut. With simplicity and control, Karen Jennings presents human emotions in all their messy glory: she writes with piercing clarity and honesty of the grief and comfort, connection and cruelty that mark love, dislocation, alienation and loss.’ – Helen Moffett
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. In 2010 her short story From Dark won the Africa Region prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Mia and the Shark won the English section of the Maskew Miller Longman short story competition in 2009 and is now studied in schools. Her short story collection Away from the Dead was published in 2014. Travels with My Father – An Autobiographical Novel was published in 2016.