Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy by Joanna KlinkNew work from an awardwinning poet
Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. Of her most recent book, Raptus, Carolyn Forche 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.
Review: EXCERPTS FROM A SECRET PROPHECY by Joanna Klink
Through a collection of poems quiet in tone but unflinching in conviction, Klink explores the complex relationship between the body and solitude. The energy and drive behind each poem is clear, the result of copious thought and time spent with the world. Specifically, Klink brings into the light a new vision of the world: one that declines to engage with the last decade or so of media norms, one in which solitude and its perceived isolation are not weaknesses, but rather opportunities for enhanced human connection, self-engagement, and experience. In fact, through Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy , Klink seems to argue the exact opposite, that what is most natural is unconventional. In this way, Klink both legitimizes and epitomizes the humanity behind reversion from that which is ceaselessly social. As Klink applies such themes to her portrait of society—the quiet brilliance of her technique at the controls—the thematic strands of solitude and unconventionality begin to intertwine, interact, and complicate.
Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. She navigates between those most suspicious extremes, despair and ecstasy, without ever seeming to be a poet dependent on extremes. Taken together, her books are an amazing experience: harrowing, ravishing, essential, unstoppable. Joanna Klink has given us Rilkean elegies haunted by 'the love you feel for what you lost. American poetry sorely needs poets willing to address such large topics in a mode like this. Our Lists. View all online retailers Find local retailers.
New work from an awardwinning poet Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. Of her most recent book, Raptus, Carolyn Forche.
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