Plank, Karl

to teach
that words gained strength
from the quiet silence
of what had been first

trimmed and cut away.

“Tools of the Trade”

Karl Plank’s recent poetry has appeared in journals and publications such as Notre Dame Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Daily, Zone 3, New Madrid, Potomac Review, QU, Presence, Limestone, Spiritus, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Briar Cliff Review, McNeese Review, Kestrel, The Cresset, Still, Poetry South, Ponder Review, Hospital Drive, The Merton Seasonal, ARTS, Saint Katherine Review, Bluestem, basalt, and Exit 7.

He is a past winner of the Thomas Carter Prize for nonfiction (Shenandoah, 1993) and a Pushcart nominee (2016). His poetry chapbook A Field, Part Arable is available for order from Lithic Press ( BOSS: Rewriting Rilke, a chapbook of micro-monologues that reimagine Rilke’s Book of Hours, is available from Red Bird Chapbooks (

Since 1982, he has taught at Davidson College where he is the J.W. Cannon Professor of Religion. He lives in Cornelius, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter, many musical instruments, and a yard where goldfinches gather to feed.