Heirlooming

Poems and illustrations by
Bernadette Karpa


The Poetry of Storytelling.


Bernadette Karpa's second collection of poetry, Heirlooming, is a perfect companion to And She Does Shine. Karpa continues her literary pilgrimage by exploring the delicate nature of storytelling, religion, and mythology.


Heirlooming promises a journey for its readers, recalling the age old tradition of sharing stories. As always, Bernadette Karpa's honesty, creativity, and wit are her chosen travel companions.Through its exploration of memory, Heirlooming will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.



Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-9965227-5-5
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Distributed by: Ingram*

In stores October 31st!


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Praise for Heirlooming

"How far you have come from where you started” are the last words of Bernadette Karpa’s new book, Heirloomings, and it’s true, reader, we travel great distances in this book and, on the way, encounter a whole community – Lilith, Neptune, Odysseus, Jesus and Judas, Geppetto and Pinocchio, Peter and Wendy, the Four Tops, Billie Holiday, Bob Ross, Tony V, Mary K, Rowlf, Diomedes – and with us we have a trustworthy guide and the nourishment she offers– Christmas oranges, lemon raspberry muffins. Karpa ends “Rivers and Poems: “I brought you these words to use as salve./I hoped they would heal us.” This poet knows that to achieve healing we need first to confront what has wounded and confounded us and Bernadette Karpa bravely does. Her book title is perfect: because Heirloomings invites us to join the poet in exploring what we inherit, the memories of which we become the curator, what looms – before us and behind us, what we need to cherish. In hard times I turn to the poetry of Bernadette Karpa because it is as fierce as it is gentle, as funny as it is brave, as sacred as it is profane, as full of light as it is of the dark. Here is a poet who is unabashed and undeniable.


-Christopher Bursk, author of The Improbable Swervings of Atoms


We find ways to navigate this place with no answers to the questions we don’t know how to ask. This is a line that appears only once in a poem of Bernadette Karpa’s new book, Heirlooming, but keeps revealing itself over and over throughout the book—not only in the work’s straightforward gaze, but in the soft allowance each new page offers. These poems are rich in Karpa’s careful nuances that insist the reader’s contemplation and quickly become a conversation where the reader and the artist speak freely, intimately. These poems are controlled, playful, valiant and enduring. Once read, you will revisit the pages just to hear the way you mind speaks them — Unambiguous.Unabashed.Undeniable.


~Lorraine Henrie Lins, author of All the Stars Blown to One Side of the Sky


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