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The Velocity of Love: New Collection by Kathryn Gahl

Described as "a poetic memoir about wonder, loss, and longing," Kathryn Gahl's newest poetry collection, The Velocity of Love (Water's Edge Press, 118 pgs., $20, available for pre-order), is centered on a child's untimely death. The poems bear witness to the transformation of "unimaginable grief into everlasting grace."

A retired registered nurse, Ms. Gahl resides in Eastern Wisconsin and is a widely published author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She has two degrees: in English from UW-Stevens Point and nursing from Syracuse University. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Margie (finalist for the Marjorie J. Wilson Award), and other literary journals, among them Eclipse, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Permafrost, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, and Willow Review. She won the Lorrine Niedecker Poetry Award in 2019 from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. She's also participated in The Mill's writing contests (2020's now in progress) and has won the poetry competition.

A taste from Gahl's first collection of poetry, Life Drawing Class (The Cottage Corollary, 2009, 75 pgs., including watercolors, $19.95), offers these lines from the title poem: "She offers / herself up, nude / Nervous, curious / broke. . . . " You may also sample her fiction, the novel The Dresser, and read her short story, "Dancer."

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