Space Inhabited by Echoes is a very frank and poignant collection of poems in four parts inspired by the author's personal experiences in 4 parts. It takes the reader on a journey from the first pangs of love to settling down to a new life.
Part I is about relationships, tentative beginnings, a liaison gone sour, of relationships before. It's also about finding your feet in life and, looking back, be surprised at how far you have moved on.
Part II deals with emigrating to a completely new country in order to be with the person you love. Moving between continents, from South Africa to Brazil, Karen Jennings eloquently describes how this affects her personal life and her relation with her husband. Not side stepping the problems of adjusting to a new environment, very appropriate for these times, when many people have to come to grips with life in a new country.
Part III is about accepting reality and learning to enjoy new experiences. It shows the author's fascination with the flora and fauna around her. This theme is prominent in all of Karen Jennings's work.
Part IV is inspired by some of the people who formed her, mother, grandfather and a twin that never was. It highlights the bittersweet aspects of dealing with close relatives and an unexpected surprise at finding out about a new family member.
Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town in 1982. She has Master's degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Karen's stories and poetry have been published in journals across the globe, in countries as diverse as Nigeria, Australia and Greece. In 2010 her short story From Dark won the Africa Region prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Mia and the Shark won the English section of the Maskew Miller Longman short story competition in 2009 and is now studied in schools. Her debut novel Finding Soutbek was published by Holland Park Press in 2012, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature 2013. Her short story collection Away from the Dead was published by Holland Park Press in 2014. Travels with My Father, an autobiographical novel, was published by Holland Park Press in 2016. Karen was one of the featured authors in the South African Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine's The Future Fiction Edition to mark the 20th anniversary of South Africa's democracy. Karen currently lives in Brazil.
I January Meeting Nella Morning Alone A Study Apart from a Mug Hald Phonecall The Distance Yellow Cushion II New Life Other Country We came to stay Before Sleep Dogs Slenderness Anniversary Stain Here Theft Cave Burning Let me go III Survival Ants Photo: December 2016 Excavation Toucan Itamonte IV Mother Twin Carpet Bowls Funeral Grandfather I Grandfather II Reflection the secret child Friendship