Circadian

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A beautiful new collection from an acclaimed poet

The poems in Joanna Klink?s new collection Circadian take as their guiding vision circadian clocks. Moved by the presence and withdrawal of light, these internal clocks influence rhythms of sleeping and waking: the opening and closing of flowers, the speed at which the heart pumps blood, the migratory cycles of birds. With love poems and prayers, Joanna Klink offers us patterns of glowing alertness and shared life, patterns that ...

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Overview

A beautiful new collection from an acclaimed poet

The poems in Joanna Klink’s new collection Circadian take as their guiding vision circadian clocks. Moved by the presence and withdrawal of light, these internal clocks influence rhythms of sleeping and waking: the opening and closing of flowers, the speed at which the heart pumps blood, the migratory cycles of birds. With love poems and prayers, Joanna Klink offers us patterns of glowing alertness and shared life, patterns that speak to the flickering circuit between inner and outer landscapes, that bind each beating heart to the pull of the tides.

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Editorial Reviews

Colorado Review
[This is] beautiful writing, sensuous and troubling.
Publishers Weekly

Nearly every poem in Klink's sophomore collection has at its emotional center a pastoral bewilderment born of the tension between the physical world and the metaphysical split between self and other. Klick's rampant use of nature imagery-of light, wind and snow accentuating fields, paths, fir trees and waterways, and of the numerous animal inhabitants therein ("Around the lake, the air/ filled with moths, light as pencil outlines")-gives way to a tone that is meditative, aphoristic, at times cold, creating an external foil for the interior conflict between the speaker and the addressee ("single star streaking in cracked silence/ above our argument"). Klink (They Are Sleeping) is at her best weaving together multiple narrative threads-ones that hint or gesture toward larger stories-in order to ground her poems in the natural world; at times, her extended descriptions progress with an overly distant feel. However, perhaps this is the point: one is never sure of each poem's central concern ("Perhaps there are two seas,/ one below the surface and one above"), and when the disparate elements come together ("an animal crosses the wide field/ in you"), one is left, quite satisfyingly, in what this poet calls a "silence clean of every concept." (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143038849
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Series: Penguin Poets Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,310,430
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents


Auroras     1
Day Window     3
River in Dusk     4
Apology     5
Draftsmanship     6
Sea Levels     9
Grassfield     10
Antelope     11
And Having Lost Track     12
Porch in Snow     14
Vireo     15
Blue Ice     16
Raven     18
Sea by Dusk     23
Mariana Trench     25
Shooting Star     26
Peripheries     27
Fisherman
Flicker
Sea Ice
Prism
Farm Soil
Beehive
Winter Field     33
Thoughts on Fog     34
The Eventides     37
You find yourself in complaint
Who knows what you are
You are dayborn
Sea by Flowers     40
Four Messages     43
Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy     46
Terrarium     48
Should I call it mechanical
Forgetting the northern sun
And when I asked
Northern     51
Whoever Like You and All Doves     53
Studies for an Estuary     60
The study is always lost
Perhaps there are two seas
Why are things as they are
Hourglass     63
Notes     66
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