Raptus by Joanna Klink
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New from a poet whose "intensity makes the world visible" (Linda Gregg)

"Everywhere, a forceful, scrupulous intelligence is active- a luminous diction, a range of cadences." So has Mark Strand written of the work of Joanna Klink, who has won acclaim for elegant, sensual, and musical poems that "remain alert to the reparations of beauty and song" (Dean Young). The linked poems in Klink's third collection, Raptus, search through a failed relationship, struggling with the stakes of compassion, the violence of the outside world, and the wish to anchor both in something true.


About Joanna Klink

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JOANNA KLINK is the author of two books of poetry, They Are Sleeping and Circadian. Her work has appeared in Chicago Review, Boston Review, and other journals. She is teaching at Harvard University.
Published May 25, 2010 by Penguin Books. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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All of the things you would expect are there—the sense of alienation ("I no longer know what to call you./ Lost-to-me, nested one, night owl" ) and blame ("you have to hold it in mind all at once/ you have to need it enough").

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The Kenyon Review

Klink, in contrast, is relentless in her excavation of loss and sorrow, and ultimately the effect of such emotional focus in a book is the blurring of some of its constituent poems.

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