In appreciation for On a Bed of Gardenias: This slim poetry volume illuminates the world of Paul and Jane Bowles, reaching behind the biographies and fictions for a truth, in Paul’s words, “truer than the table you can touch.” I especially admire the economy of Karren LaLonde Alenier’s poetry in dealing with the large psychological issues present in Jane Bowles’ puppet play, A Quarreling Pair. Alenier has clearly immersed herself in the Paul and Jane legend and lovingly transmuted and deepened it in a language of her own.”
—Regina Weinreich, co-producer/ director on the award-winning documentary Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider
Karren LaLonde Alenier of Chevy Chase, MD, is author of six collections of poetry, including On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane & Paul Bowles and Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, an opera with composer William Banfield. For Scene4 Magazine, she writes a...