by Joanna Klink


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Circadian by Joanna Klink

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143038849
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Poets, Penguin Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,365,022
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About 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.

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
Sea Ice
Farm Soil
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

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

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