About Carolyn Martin and This Blog

From associate professor of English to management trainer to retiree, I’ve journeyed from New Jersey through California to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and dry summers. After years of correcting academic papers and writing business books and articles, I’ve discovered that poetry is the way my mind interacts with the world – in images, rhythms, sounds, and intensities of language.

So I’ve settled into the joyful challenge of translating experience into as few words as possible. My aesthetic is embodied in Jack Kerouac’s comment in Dharma Bums: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple,” and in Galway Kinnell’s statement, “To me, poetry is somebody standing up … and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.”

My poems attempt to be simple in words as they grapple with the complexity of being on earth at this moment.

My poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK including “Stirring,” “Naugatuck River Review,” “CALYX,” “The Curlew,” and “Antiphon.” My third collection, Thin Places, was released by Kelsay Books in 2017. My fourth, A Penchant for Masquerades, was published by Unsolicited Press in February 2019. I currently serve as the poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly: journal for global transformation.

“It happens this way” are the opening words from a poem of mine called “A Few Words on Inspiration.” They signal that this blog will share what inspires me to stand up and say “with as little concealment as possible, what it is for [me] to be on earth at this moment.”

Welcome to the journey!