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with Sophie Klahr

Something that makes you smile

Seeing people change for the better. Also, raccoons.

A confession

I’m a huge musical theatre dork, a sucker for everything from the intricate Gilbert & Sullivan to the pop sound of Pasek & Paul to the indisputable mastery of Sondheim. Musical theatre is one of the most collaborative art forms, and it takes an immense amount of talent to create a good musical—its artistry is often underrated. I think I’ve been attracted to musicals as long as I’ve loved poetry… the earliest musical I remember loving is ‘Cats,’ which takes nearly all its lyrics from T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Go figure.

The last thing you wrote

I’m working on my second collection of poetry, half of which is a 30 poem sequence about rural life in Nebraska. The other half of the book is made of sonnets about driving through America, poems which seem to have a core of spiritual inquiry. The poem I worked on this morning is called ‘Motel Sonnet (Wyoming).’

Your favourite city

Probably whichever one I’ve just moved away from. Following that logic, my favorite city is currently a small and sketchy-charming one about a 40 minute ferry ride north of San Francisco, CA.

What you’d place in a time capsule

Marigold seeds, cucumber seeds, a recording of Jacqueline du Pre playing the Elgar Concerto, and a copy of Frank Standford’s Hidden Water.

Sophie Klahr’s poetry appears in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, and other publications. She is the author of Meet Me Here At Dawn (YesYes Books, 2016) and the chapbook _____ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books, 2007). She lives mostly between California and Nebraska.