Karina dared to start writing poetry in her thirties, after wanting to for twenty years. Reading other people’s poetry reassures her that she is not, after all, mad or alone in this world. Karina grew up in Kent, studied at Oxford University way back in what feels like a different life, and now lives and works on the hard-bitten northern edge of London.
Karina’s poetry has appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. Her pamphlet Facing was published in Prole Books’ collaborative collection Caboodle in 2015. Magazines include Between the Lines, Equinox, 14, Orbis, The North, Prole, South and South Bank Poetry. Anthologies include Ordinary Magic (Poets Unlimited), Genius Floored (Soaring Penguin Press), Seeking Refuge (Cinnamon Press) and Journey to Crone (Chuffed Buff Books). Karina’s short story Bedtime Drink was placed in the Prole Books Prolitzer Prize 2015.
Karina is a member of Enfield Poets.
I Give Up!
Offering to My Father
So lovely to see Karina here, and hear her voice, forty years on from school. Interesting to see how careers unfold, and to sense the experiences of life in the words.
Your very personal poems give substance to who you are as a woman, mother and daughter. I like the honesty and the irony and your humour. You have revealed yourself.