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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 9: Spring 2018
Poem: 105 words [R]

The Estrangement

by L. S. Klatt

At noon I eat light, the light
of the world; in the evening I eat a sailboat
with its spinnaker full of last bits.
The rudder turns my heart, & leaving behind a buoy, a line, an anchor,
I drift over the surface of what could be linseed oil.
I am the same as a loon, a paintbrush
calling for paint. Thickly I comprehend all languages
including the keel
that holds me upright. The star field above the hillside dotes upon the ironclad
colors of the insomniac, yet
in this space, faced with immediate
danger, one cannot help asking again for the invisible.


—Published previously in The Cresset, Trinity 2014 (Vol. LXXVII, No. 6, p. 43); appears here with author’s permission


L. S. Klatt
Issue 9, Spring 2018

is a former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan and the author of four collections of poetry: The Wilderness After Which, prose poems (Otis Books, Seismicity Editions; 2017); Sunshine Wound (Free Verse Editions, 2015); Cloud of Ink (University of Iowa Press, 2010), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize; and Interloper (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Boston Review, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, Jubilat, New Orleans Review, The Common, and Verse. His lyric poem “Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies At 91” was anthologized in Best American Poetry 2011 and subsequently made into a ninety-second animated film.

Klatt received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wittenberg University in 1984 and a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1991. He went on to earn a Masters of Arts in liberal arts from St. John’s College in 1998. He received his PhD in English from the University of Georgia in 2003 with the dissertation topic, “The God is Blue: A Collection of Original Poems with a Manifesto.” He has taught literature and creative writing at Calvin College for more than ten years.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Featured Poet at Poetry Daily (16 March 2017); includes the title poem from Klatt’s fourth book, The Wilderness After Which

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