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Land Sparing
Gabriella Klein




Nightboat
2015 • 88 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-32-8



“There’s a bit of the mathematician wandering the spare landscapes of Gabriella Klein’s debut volume of poetry, Land Sparing—and of the scientist, and of... [continued in Reviews below]”—Ralph Angel,

Winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize

In a series of poems quiet but savage—in the many senses of that word—Gabriella Klein lays bare the prospects of an individual in times of ecological disaster and personal and political upheaval. These poems are gyroscopic, telescopic, microscopic. Insects and universes each are as grand and intimate as the other. The star, the forest, mud, a daughter, the Chinook wind, a honeybee, the sea—they all have as much agency and presence in this work as the poet/speaker herself.

Reviews / Endorsements

“There’s a bit of the mathematician wandering the spare landscapes of Gabriella Klein’s debut volume of poetry, Land Sparing—and of the scientist, and of the cartographer, too. It’s in the precision of the diction, and it’s in the etched density of the syntax. Even the ‘colorless light’ of oblivion—‘Earth, / you are a ghost maker’—gets nailed down.”—Ralph Angel

“The poems in Land Sparing seem to issue from a remnant species of startling, heartbreaking intelligence. ‘Earth, / your love spells me. I will rake the path clean.’ Remote, at once clear and inscrutable, they signal a loneliness that is planetary in scope. As she shifts registers, Gabriella Klein echolocates us without fail in her exquisite end time.”—Joy Gladding

“They (the poems) shift seamlessly between the speaker’s human consciousness and human loves, and the troubled, complex, and gorgeous earth she both inhabits and helps us to inhabit more fully.”—Kasey Jueds, Salamander Magazine



GABRIELLA KLEIN’S poems have appeared in Conduit, jubilat, A Handsome Journal, FIELD, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Barbara Poetry Conference. With her family, she resides on California’s Central Coast.



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