Hood’s writing reminds us of the importance of our link with nature and the environment in our daily lives. Her blend of traditionalism and modernism brings a current freshness and uniqueness to her poetic voice. Demonstrating common crises essential to our core, her poetry also voices outrage at social injustices, and inequalities. Karen Jean Matsko Hood’s poetry brings poignancy to the most hopeless of situations. She is optimistic in her quest for dignity and pragmatic social justice. Hood also writes about personal and spiritual themes, is a passionate feminist and an ardently active child’s rights advocate. She writes with a proud regionalism, yet expands her writing to international concerns. Hood reveals her twin hearts in her writing: One is in awe of the beauty of life and nature, while the other struggles with social injustice and inequity in our flourishing meritocracy.