A Pilgrim Into Silence

by Karen Swenson


Karen Swenson's A Pilgrim Into Silence speaks a language that embraces the other, journeying into the interior of the Self as well as the outer limits of that which exists on the verge, or nearby. Everything here magnifies down to the real. These poems see into; they are also astute about the everydayness of things that refract into the extraordinary. A Pilgrim Into Silence arouses the mind, body and soul.

-- Yusek Komunyakaa

Born in New York City, Karen Swenson was raised in the suburb of Chappaqua and went to Barnard College. She received her MA from NYU. She has been published by The New Yorker and many small literary magazines, as well as Saturday Review. Her travel articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal. Her previous collections of poems include A Daughter's Latitude and The Landlady in Bangkok, both from Copper Canyon Press. She has traveled for two months of each year in SE Asia for the last 27 years. She presently teaches at NYU and Barnard.