In honor of National Poetry Month, I’m delighted to feature several talented writers on the blog, beginning this week with Christine Klocek-Lim.
Christine is an acquisitions editor for Evernight Teen and Evernight Publishing, and the editor of Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY. She received the 2009 Ellen La Forge Memorial Prize in poetry and has written four chapbooks: Ballroom – a love story (Flutter Press 2012), Cloud Studies – a sonnet sequence (Whale Sound 2011), The book of small treasures (Seven Kitchens Press 2010), and How to photograph the heart (The Lives You Touch Publications 2009). She is also the author of the bestselling young adult novel, Disintegrate (Evernight Teen, 2013). Her science fiction novel, Who Saw the Deep (Evernight Publishing, 2013) was a Semifinalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Awards 2012.
Christine’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for 3 Quarks Daily’s Prize in Arts & Literature, Black Lawrence Press’ Black River Chapbook Competition, and the Kenneth & Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize. She was also a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and for the Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes.
“I wrote this poem on April 21, 2008, as part of my astronomy series and for NaPoWriMo [National Poetry Writing Month]. When I began writing it, I was thinking of my great-grandmother, and then my grandmother, and then my mother. My mother is still alive and doing well, but my grandmother and great-grandmother are gone now. I tried to imagine what it must be like to face what must be eternal darkness: the end of life. I wanted to imagine it as something joyful as well as frightening, and this poem came from that idea.”
Please join me in welcoming Christine to the blog. You can find her on the Web at http://christinekloceklim.com/.