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OUT FROM CALABOOSE is a full-length work in five sections by poet and author Karen Corinne Herceg with edits by Linda Gray Sexton, bestselling author and daughter of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Anne Sexton.  The poems explore personal healing as well as broader considerations of political, social and ecological awareness.  A “calaboose” is a small jail that symbolizes our own personal imprisonment from unhealed wounds.  The poet imposes singular and universal imperatives making us aware that it is everyone’s obligation to address these issues.


Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem. What I wove through during the course of that reading was a feast: imagery fine enough that it startled; rhythms that wove from poem to poem, joining all their music together; and language so sleek that not one word had been left standing if it ought not to be. In this collection, Herceg brings us her life and all its many emotional truths, some ugly, some beautiful, but all revealed with restraint--so that by book's end, we are left in wonder. 

 --Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey back to My Mother, Anne Sexton and Half In Love: Surviving The Legacy of Suicide


Often it is a pronounced sense of wonder that makes poets like Karen Corinne Herceg...

--Janet Hamill, poet, Nominee Pushcart Prize & William Carlos Williams Prize


...Out From Calaboose is a marvelous, skillful, and evocative work. 

--Dr. David Austell, Columbia University, Author of Little Creek and other poems and Garuda and New Poems of Astral Planes


...Valuing truth, she plumbs deep and gives what we can relate to, not with psycological facileness but with the understanding achieved by staying true to the glimmers she always has had of her essense. We can identify with her personal journey and learn through her art. How refreshing!

--Roberta Gould, from the Foreword


This is a remarkable work, a Virginia Woolf moment stretched into a book of poems, or a Whitman's rumination that refuses to come to an end, enamored as it is by life's ongoing rush.

--Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet & Author of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems and A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems





Short Stories

"Cosmo Marries Jack" - Halo Literary Magazine, London, UK

"The Best $5 Date in Brooklyn" - Reminisce Magazine/Readers Digest, August

Upcoming Publications




"Lake Tear of the Clouds" - The Paulinskill Poetry Project


   “The Courage to Delete” – Front Porch Review, Park Ridge, IL

"A Tough Pill to Swallow" - Thought Collection Journal, Chicago, IL


"Hudson History: Honoring Pete Seeger" - Voices of the River Anthology

"Words" - Poetic Licence Magazine, U.K.

"Heart" and "Seeing" - Emergence Anthology, Kind of a Hurricane Press

"After Me, The Poem" - Pyrokinection

"Feline Intensity," "If I Drink Water," & "Urban Visit" - Home Planet News

"The  Glass Vision" - Reflections Anthology, Kind of a Hurricane Press


OUT FROM CALABOOSE is now included in the library of "The Harriet Staff" of The Poetry Foundation in Chicago & is  a recommended book by Valparaiso Poetry Review.

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Jonathan Wolfman reads my poetry February 25 - Mid March on Lit-Snips @ oursalon.ning.com

Earlier archived broadcasts available on the media page




$1 of each book purchase is donated to charity LOVE146, a global organization thst combats child trafficking worldwide and offers preventive education and survivor care. Visit www.love146.org

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New and Upcoming Reviews in the American Book Review, Compulsive Reader & LitMag!

of Richard Martin's Techniques in the Neighborhood of Sleep, Roberta Gould's To The Dogs, Harold Schweizer's Miriam's Book: A Poem, Mary Dezember's Still Howling, Maggie Ball's Unmaking Atoms

Benjamin Schmitt of AT THE INKWELL reviewed OUT FROM CALABOOSE.

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Magdalena Ball's review of OUT FROM CALABOOSE:

Visit: http://compulsivereader.com/2017/03/09/a-review-of-out-from-calaboose-by-karen-corinne-herceg/

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