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Cloud of Ink

L. S. Klatt

Publication Year: 2011

On the surface, L. S. Klatt’s poems are airy and humorous—with their tales of chickens wandering the highways of Ohio and Winnebago trailers rolling up to heaven and whales bumping like watermelons in a bathtub—but just under the surface they turn disconcertingly serious as they celebrate the fluent word.
 Under the heat of inquiry, under the pressure of metaphor, the poems in Cloud of Ink liquefy, bend, and serpentine as they seek sometimes a new and sometimes an ancient destination. They present the reader with existential questions as they side-wind into the barbaric; the pear is figured as a “wild boar” and the octopus is “gutted,” yet primal energies cut a pathway to the mystical and the transcendent. The poetic cosmos Klatt creates is loquacious and beautiful, strange and affirmative, but never transparent. Amid “a maelstrom of inklings,” the writer—and the audience—must puzzle out the meaning of the syllabary.

Published by: University of Iowa Press

Front Matter

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-

Contents

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pp. ix-xi

Aeronautics

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pp. 1-

More Splendid

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pp. 2-

Liquefaction

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pp. 3-

Transit of the Beautiful

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pp. 4-

Insult Is Necessary for the Perfection of Beauty

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pp. 5-

Momentum

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pp. 6-

Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91

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pp. 7-

The Pear as a Wild Boar

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pp. 8-

Husbandry

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pp. 9-

Ohio

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pp. 10-

Berryman in Cincinnati

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pp. 11-

Darwin’s Mouth

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pp. 12-

The Zoo of Reason

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pp. 13-

Ovation

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pp. 14-

Shakedown in the Sugar Shine

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pp. 15-

Recreation

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pp. 16-

Whippoorwill

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pp. 17-

The Calm of a Thoughtful Sentence

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pp. 18-

The Good Fight

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pp. 19-

Affliction

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pp. 20-

February

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pp. 21-

A Vague Field for Priestcraft

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pp. 22-

Mercy Planet

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pp. 23-

Cortona

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pp. 24-

Body Part in a Tuscan Garden

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pp. 25-

Canticle : Calculus

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pp. 26-

Antediluvian

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pp. 27-

Acqua Alta

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pp. 28-

Burano

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pp. 29-

Reading

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pp. 30-

Where My Sunflower Wishes to Go

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pp. 31-

Old World Birds

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pp. 32-

White Elephant

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pp. 33-

Arrow

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pp. 34-

Semiconductors in the Breadbasket

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pp. 35-

A Sudden Unspeakable Indignation

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pp. 36-

The Americans

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pp. 37-

Pioneer

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pp. 38-

Broadcaster

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pp. 39-40

The Fluid Rider

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pp. 41-

The Firmament

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pp. 42-

King Salmon

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pp. 43-

The States of the Great Lakes

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pp. 44-

J. D. Salinger, Recluse, Dies at 91

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pp. 45-

Figment in Pink & Transcendental

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pp. 46-

May Day

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pp. 47-

Nocturnal Movements of the Porcupine

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p. 48-48

Fish & Wildlife

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pp. 49-

She Makes Me Lie Down

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pp. 50-

The Good Guide, ca. 1310

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pp. 51-

George Keats

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pp. 5269-

The Lily Always Hangs Its Head

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pp. 53-

Liquidambar

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pp. 54-

Crete

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pp. 55-

Lines of Motion

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pp. 56-

Chiaroscuro

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pp. 57-

Audubon

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pp. 58-

Heaven

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pp. 59-

Frontiersman

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pp. 60-

The Repository of Sacred Music

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pp. 61-

A Better Mousetrap

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pp. 62-

The Author

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pp. 63-

For Lack of a Better Word

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pp. 64-

Notes

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pp. 65-68


E-ISBN-13: 9781587299728
E-ISBN-10: 1587299720
Print-ISBN-13: 9781587299711
Print-ISBN-10: 1587299712

Page Count: 84
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: first
Series Title: Iowa Poetry Prize