Circadian

Circadian

by Joanna Klink
     
 

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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,

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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 speak to the flickering circuit between inner and outer landscapes, that bind each beating heart to the pull of the tides.

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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Praise for Circadian

"Klink writes love poems to nature...This is beautiful writing, and it's also very American. Walt Whitman might find something to envy in the way Klink's more gentle sense of song tumbles out of simple, individual acts of attention."—Chicago Tribune

"Eliot's Four Quartets comes to mind, but I think Circadian bears a closer kinship with Rilke’s Duino Elegies via its gorgeous, anguished calls toward the space beyond language, or before it.”—Rain Taxi Review of Books

“[Circadian] urges readers into the responsibility of attention while also warning us that once we open our eyes, we are no longer able to choose the depth in which we will be engaged; the light simply fills them, and we are forced to abandon in any measure of how much pain we might witness.”—American Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440619250
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
Penguin Poets
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
300 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Honor Moore
As if her very breathing were integral to landscape, Joanna Klink surrenders utterance and feeling in a place where snow sifts for hours toward the earthline, where the mineral winter makes a dull / math of cold inside the bones. Read these radiant poems as notes from a wilderness where human destiny pulses in time with vast circadians at the edge of consciousness, where silence has the eloquence of stars behind the snow / burning in ancient immanence over the field. Here is the real world, the poet insists: the holding in / of all these breaking things.
Linda Gregg
Joanna Klink has the audacity to write about the happiness of the ordinary in the language of the ecstatic. Her intensity makes the world visible.
Dean Young
In this, Joanna Klink's remarkable second book, the meditative sounding of the human pang, its need for intimate connection and its contrary need for the clarities of solitude, reminds us that precision is a cutting edge that creates dazzle. With a Dickinsonian desire for a meeting of minds and a reverence for the natural world that is tried by an awareness of mortality and ecological peril, these poems remain alert to the reparations of beauty and song, formally elegant, urgent and moving.
From the Publisher
"Klink writes love poems to nature...This is beautiful writing, and it's also very American. Walt Whitman might find something to envy in the way Klink's more gentle sense of song tumbles out of simple, individual acts of attention."—Chicago Tribune

"Eliot's Four Quartets comes to mind, but I think Circadian bears a closer kinship with Rilke’s Duino Elegies via its gorgeous, anguished calls toward the space beyond language, or before it.”—Rain Taxi Review of Books

“[Circadian] urges readers into the responsibility of attention while also warning us that once we open our eyes, we are no longer able to choose the depth in which we will be engaged; the light simply fills them, and we are forced to abandon in any measure of how much pain we might witness.”—American Book Review

Meet the Author

Joanna Klink is the author of four books of poetry, They Are Sleeping, Circadian, Raptus, and Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, most recently The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry. She has received awards and fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Montana.


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