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MEET ME HERE AT DAWN
"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."
Sophie Klahr’s 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, these fragments or dreams describe a precipice and linger at the abyss, living in the space between. This a wondrous collection, an important and necessary book.
— Cynthia Cruz
About Meet Me Here At Dawn
Eroticism tinged with elegy, gratitude knit with doubt; Meet Me Here At Dawn contains an unmistakably open voice. Sophie Klahr’s debut poetry collection careens from hunger to hunger. With lyric energy and narrative determination, the poems are missives sent back from a threshold, chronicling disease, the unspoken pains of family, the fabric of an extra-marital affair. “What aperture makes a woman?” Klahr asks in “One Slaughter.” In Meet Me Here At Dawn, even the unanswerable is unfaltering, every question brightly wrought and necessary.
release date Dec 1 2016
reading & interview on prosody, 91.3 WYEP
reading for the volta: medium
gulf coast editor's blog: 1. speaking out
selected interviews & whatnot:
person person: interview at modern romance
___________ 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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