Katharine Rauk’s poems represent the lyric in action: a gutsy engagement in self-composition, world-building, cosmos-reaming that is as audacious as it is gorgeous....Her speaker’s relationship with the reader/lover is all attraction/repulsion, hide and seek, playful, erotic, and always on the verge of the Big Bang. Rauk’s imagination is an enormous dream gumball machine: Slide in a quarter and you’ll get more than you bargained for.
In Basil, Katharine Rauk offers up a flurry of searing images that is precise, worldly, near-angelic, and wholly sensuous.
author of frank: sonnets
author of Roll Deep
Katharine Rauk is the author of Buried Choirs (Tinderbox Editions) and the chapbook Basil (Black Lawrence Press). She teaches at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota.
Some Poems Online
"Master Plan" in Sixth Finch
"How I Learned to Speak" in The Lark
"History" in 32 Poems
"Casida of the Weeping" in Best of the Net 2012
Three Poems in Hobart
"On Being Asked by My Daughter If I Can Cry Underwater" in Tinderbox Poetry Journal