Carr's Poetry Is in Orbit around Mars
Shards of Crystal is a gripping poetic metamorphosis of darkness to light. Dealing with issues such as suicide, trauma, dementia, addiction, animal cruelty and the death of a child, the book then begins its transformative move towards beauty with poems about musicality, spiritual liberation and the philosophy of existence. It culminates in a philosophical examination of mankind's place in the universe with Carr's multiple-award-winning poem, "I Am".
Carr composes poetry in six languages including Mandarin. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she's been published from Finland to Mauritius. One of her poems is currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. www.ferngzcarr.com
“Shards of Crystal is where precision and compassion meet to leave readers in awe as brokenness enters light. Carr is a classic poet who will stand the test of time.”
– Cynthia Sharp – Federation of BC Writers Director, Poet and Author
“Shards of Crystal aims to be steady, uncompromising, and rejects easy truths. You will find the news about life here.”
– Carmelo Militano – Poetry Radio Show Host, Poet and Writer
“This one shines. Hard to define, but the messages, the words, the phrasing, the layout, caught my attention immediately. I was feeling the emotions, the tension, the disappointments, the anguish, the depths, the uplifts. I could relate to so many of these pieces.”
– Richard L. Coles, Editor and Author
“A powerful reminder of the value of life and existence in all its nuances and dualities. I highly recommend it.”
– Stephen Karr, BC Library Association LTAS Member at Large, Poet and Reviewer
FERN G. Z. CARR is a former lawyer, teacher and past President of both the local branch of the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Project Literacy Kelowna Society. She is a Full Member of the League of Canadian Poets and has served as the League’s Poet-in-Residence mentoring young writers.
A Pushcart Prize nominee, Carr composes and translates poetry in six languages including Mandarin Chinese. She has been published extensively worldwide from Finland to Mauritius.
Honours include having been cited as a contributor to the Prakalpana Literary Movement in India as well as having had her work taught at West Virginia University, set to music by a Juno-nominated musician, and featured online in The Globe and Mail.
Her poem, “I Am”, was chosen by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate as Poem of the Month for Canada. Carr is thrilled to have one of her poems currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft. www.ferngzcarr.com