Katrinka Moore

From the entangled cosmos to our present quickening calamity, the central concern of Diminuendo is the making and unmaking of the world. The poems follow celebration —

What keeps us    earth      life

handful of sweet notes     hidden


— with lament —


we believe it was all made

for us     misunderstand

the nature of give and take.

            We live in uncertainty, “between earth and sky     ever- / cycling despair and hope.” Despite — or because of — this foreboding, Moore seeks to view the natural world in and of itself, beyond its relationship to humans. This work conceives a realm in which distinctions between animate and inanimate diminish and the boundary between physical and spiritual dissolves.

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Katrinka Moore started out in dance and choreography, made a brief foray into performance art, then shifted to poetry, eventually bringing visual components into her work. She is the author of four previous books, Numa, Thief, This is Not a Story (winner of the New Women’s Voices Prize), and Wayfarers. Moore grew up in rural Texas and now lives in New York.