Cloud of InkeBook - 2011
On the surface, L. S. KlattOCOs poems are airy and humorousOCowith their tales of chickens wandering the highways of Ohio and Winnebago trailers rolling up to heaven and whales bumping like watermelons in a bathtubOCobut just under the surface they turn disconcertingly serious as they celebrate the fluent word. aUnder 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 OC wild boarOCO and the octopus is OC gutted, OCO 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 OC a maelstrom of inklings, OCO the writerOCoand the audienceOComust puzzle out the meaning of the syllabary."