Breathing in the Fullness of Time


Breathing in the Fullness of Time

William Kloefkorn

246 pages


May 2013


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About the Book

The “tell-all” memoir takes on new meaning in the work of poet William Kloefkorn, whose accounts of the moments and movements of life touch on everything that matters, the prosaic and the profound, the extraordinary in the everyday, and the familiar in the new and strange. The fourth and final installment in Kloefkorn’s reflections, Breathing in the Fullness of Time departs from the elements ruling the other volumes—water, fire, and earth—and floats its insights and observations, its memories and anecdotes on the now wild, now whispering element of air.

In this final volume, this consummate storyteller uses his characteristically droll sense of humor to recapture time that, once experienced, is never really lost. His remembrances include a foray into college football, a stint in the Marines, a drift in a twelve-foot johnboat on the Loup River, learning to get a hog’s attention, marriage at last to a childhood sweetheart, a sojourn in California, and a return to Nebraska to teach. The moments, large and small, sad and funny and fine, multiply to become a moving picture of life caught in the act of passing by.

Author Bio

William Kloefkorn (1932–2011) was an emeritus professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Nebraska’s state poet. He is the author of many volumes of poetry, including Swallowing the Soap: New and Selected Poems, as well as the other three volumes in his four-part memoir: This Death by Drowning, Restoring the Burnt Child, and At Home on This Moveable Earth, all published by the University of Nebraska Press.


“Kloefkorn may be the most readable writer on the planet. Reading this book is like listening to a great storyteller with perfect pace pinning you to your chair. It’s a delight to read. . . . This book made me laugh out loud, and at other times was so poignant and elegiac and lovely that I had to stop reading and gather my emotions before continuing. It’s that generous, that quietly good, that rich in its view of humanity—and so very, very well written.”—Kent Meyers, the author of The Work of Wolves and The Witness of Combines

“With homespun candor and hard-won recognition, Kloefkorn’s reveries reveal the persuasive benediction of a life well lived.”—Booklist

"Nothing attracts a reader to a book like humor and charm, both of which this author exhibits in abundance. . . . What makes this volume so gratifying is how the essays span a complete life and are integrated into a cohesive whole. The language and phrasing, the poetry that is woven through the book, the images and description, and his humor weave the stories together and provide the reader with a deeply satisfying reading experience."—Aline Soules, ForeWord magazine

"I don't know anyone who would not love this book."—Charles Stephen, Lincoln Journal Star

"Nobody is a better storyteller than Bill Kloefkorn—you wish these Mark Twain monologues would go on forever. Finishing Breathing in the Fullness of Time, you want to invent some fifth element beyond air, earth, fire, and water to occasion one more volume."—David Pichaske, Great Plains Quarterly

"Kloefkorn's appreciation for life and the people significant to his life is clearly evident throughout the book, one that ended too soon. Breathing in the Fullness of Time is the fourth in a four-part memoir. If this book is a first experience with a Kloefkorn memoir, as it was mine, it's time to start with the first part of the series."—Conrad Davidson, North Dakota Quarterly

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