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Excerpts from a Secret Prophecyby Joanna Klink
Sunday, June 14, 2015 04:00 PM
Powell's Books on Hawthorne, Portland, OR
Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. The poems in her new collection, Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin), offer a fine-grained meditation on being alone — on a self fighting its way out of isolation, toward connection with other people and a vanishing world. Klink will be joined in conversation by poet Michele Glazer, author of On Tact, and the Made Up World and It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We'd Come to See.
Synopses & Reviews
New work from an awardwinning poet
Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. Of her most recent book, Raptus, Carolyn Forché has written that she is a genuine poet, a born poet, and I am in awe of her achievement.”
The poems in Klink's new collection offer a closely keyed meditation on being alone — on a self fighting its way out of isolation, toward connection with other people and a vanishing world.
"Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy is a paradoxical wonder: its lean exterior cloaks an expansive interior; its rich solemnity is couched in syntactical and imagistic intensity; its perceptiveness is simultaneously elemental and sublime. Joanna Klink has given us Rilkean elegies haunted by 'the love you feel for what you lost.' Her poems illuminate the membrane between loneliness and solitude." Terrance Hayes
"A passionate but controlled lyric meditation on time, intimacy, memory, and the increasingly imperiled natural world...American poetry sorely needs poets willing to address such large topics in a mode like this." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Joanna Klink is the author of three books of poetry, They Are Sleeping, Circadian, and Raptus. Her work has appeared in Chicago Review, Boston Review, and other journals. Klink taught in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Montana for seven years and is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award. She is currently teaching at Harvard University.
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