Apportioning the Light by Karen Tschannen
Poems so compressed the page itself trembles. So brave, in dark places, the reader clutches the poet's sure hand. Apportioning the Light shines. It shines.
"A life lived to its fullest, a craft perfected so that it seems seamless, the highest compliment I can give to any writer. I read it from its beginning to its end without putting it down. Kudos to Cirque for publishing Apportioning the Light."
—Tom Sexton, Alaska Poet Laureate
Publisher: Sandra Kleven
Cirque Press Author — Karen A. Tschannen
Karen's Tschannen's poetry developed through close friendships with Alaska poets Nancy McCleary and former Alaska Poet Laureate, Joanne Townsend. Tschannen’s poetry was influenced by William Stafford, John Haines, and Jim Heynen and other poets of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
She has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ice-Floe, PNW Poets and Artists Calendar(s), North of Eden (Loose Affiliation Press), The Sky's Own Light (Minotaur Press), Crosscurrents North, Cirque, and other publications.
Tschannen was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Her perceptive verse is notable for the care taken with language in both the sound of a phrase and the appearance on the page. Karen Tschannen lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her companion, Paul Chatari.