SELECTED: american poetry review
FORTHCOMING: + four way review + blackbird + ploughshares + agni
MEET ME HERE AT DAWN
AVAILABLE NOW from YesYes Books and Small Press Distribution.
PRAISE : "As this marvelous debut blurs the boundary between taboo and convention, secrecy and privacy, I kept thinking of Edward Hopper’s 1959 painting Excursion Into Philosophy, the way the lovers there impart a mix of longing and regret. Like Hopper, Sophie Klahr troubles the line between isolation and intimacy. The results are mature and unflinching. Meet Me Here At Dawn is bittersweet, sensual, and brilliant." — Terrance Hayes
"Sophie Klahr moves through the chambers of the mind and heart like an expert escape artist, keys hidden in the body's coverts are revealed in a 'rush of knowing,' the body's 'first breaking and entering' that feels both clandestine and disclosive. This is poetry of immense vulnerability and fierce mettle; determined, convincing and heroically alive with courage of every kind." —D.A. Powell
"Meet Me Here at Dawn is unlike anything I have ever come across before. It is a blaze, a song sung at full decibel. And yet, astonishingly athletic, her poems hold back, keeping perfect balance. This a wondrous collection, an important and necessary book." — Cynthia Cruz
ABOUT THE BOOK: "What is beautiful alters, has undertow," writes Linda Gregg, in "Whole And Without Blessing." Meet Me Here At Dawn is a book careening from hunger to hunger, lyric narratives living in the undertow, where eroticism is tinged with elegy, and gratitude knit with doubt. The poems are missives sent back from a threshold, chronicling disease, the pains of family, and running through it all, the fabric of an extra-marital affair. Meet Me Here At Dawn is the act of standing at the threshold, before the inevitable crossing.
REVIEWS: "The collection presents an earnest, emotional, and visceral exploration of the nature of and circumstances surrounding the nebulous idea of womanhood. The tactile facet of this exploration is felt in almost every poem. Hypocritical stigmas and double standards are left to wither in the light. Repression and oppression are left to crack under their own insensible weight. Everything is given a level playing field and treated with curiosity. The sucking of a cock and the tonguing of an anus are regarded alongside sliced oranges and flowering fields. You can feel everything as you read." - Angel City Review
ESSAYS | INTERVIEWS | MEDIA
reading & interview on prosody, 91.3 WYEP
reading for the volta: medium
person person: interview at modern romance
gulf coast editor's blog: 1. speaking out
___________ VERSUS RECOVERY
A single poem in six sections, _____ Versus Recovery chronicles a woman's committal to a psychiatric ward and subsequent spiraling of memory, as she struggles to break with the world of addiction and grasp rehabilitation. Released from Pilot Books in 2007, this chapbook was handmade in a limited edition of 200, with design, typesetting and assembly by Betsy Wheeler.
Shaped like a brain shaped like a moth
world crashing in heat. pregnant
girl sits dumb in a dirty red
leather armchair on a caving porch
upstairs, someone's begging for it
a pregnant dumb world
upstairs, they say she's begging for it
a dirty red heat
upstairs, nobody's crashing. a listening,
a caving in
( a brain a moth )
"...risky material with sharp lyricism and an even more impressive sense of control."
- Pittsburgh City Paper ( full review )
"The work of Sophie Klahr is both restless and arresting. This poem doesn't just glow, it illuminates." - Terrance Hayes
"Sophie Klahr has brought back something of beauty from her occupation in the inner circles of the psyche —fragile, broken, stunning." - Nick Flynn
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