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Water's Edge Press anounces the publication of The Velocity of Love, Kathryn Gahl's poetic memoir about wonder, loss, and longing. Gahl's magic in this collection lies in transforming unimaginable grief into everlasting grace. Pre-order available now.




Kathryn Gahl's words are breathtaking in their depth and clarity of what it may be like to fall in love with an angel. Before there was psychotherapy, there was poetry.   -Brooke Laufer, Psy. D. 


A rollercoaster read--the slow rise with a gorgeous view, the foreboding pause at the top, and then the unbearable plummet. A genuine wow.

                                                                   -Cathryn Cofell, auhor of Stick Figure With Skirt


The Velocity of Love is a compelling and heart-rending collection of tiny stories in the shape of poems.                           -Peter Gilbert, Director, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University 

For The Eighth-Grade Girl Writing Love Lyrics

"Thirteen lines evoke a thirteen-year-old girl struggling with cultural imperatives." --Robin Becker

The Dresser

This chapter portrays one man's attempt to find meaning in the accidents of his life. In a voice strong, gripping, and humorous, the main characer revisits adolescent desire and loss.

On Being A Farm Kid

Finalist, Wisconsin People & Ideas, 2007.

Freedom Fighters

This poem was a finalist for the 2006 Marjorie J. Wilson Award; it appears in the fall issue of Margie.


This poem, dedicated to Frank O'Hara, originally appeared in Green Hills Literary Lantern, volume xvi, 2005.


This story originally appeared in The Notre Dame Review, Number 21, Winter 2006.