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Michael Klein's books are the memoirs Track Conditions and The End of Being Known, and the poetry collections THEN, WE WERE STILL LIVING and 1990, which tied with James Schuyler to win a Lambda Literary Award in 1993. He teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College and is on the summer faculty at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is currently working on a book version of his blog to be called States of Independence. He divides his time between Provincetown and New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937420272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937420277
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reading the poetry of Michael Klein is like discovering the art of poetry anew. He is a man who is able to reflect on his life, on remembered lovers, on the incongruities of both life and death, on the veracity of dreams and perceptions, and all the while he is able to induce a reaction from the reader to stand within his vantage and share the wonder and the fear and the frustration and the other peculiar beauties of the world.

His perceptions can be transmitted with considered brevity as in the following:

WHAT HAPPENED
Direct Sunlight.
Shadow of him, next to shadow of a dog.
The rest of light waits somewhere he's been to
And never thought he'd have.
Here in beyond - a little - the middle of his life.
He knows what happened.
He asked for love.
That was his first mistake.

SATURN RETURNS
Your story about your brother and his image
of God: rubber glitter of what got left when the shavings
from a pencil eraser's drawing of the sun and 10 or so
of its rays were blown away - meant he could see already
the parable of effect as I see it now after the reading
and lights for the reader: myself down here
in my fifties after a life of half remembered music listening more closely
whenever a story is this intricate, this beautiful, this fully laid down.
I wish I looked a little better, but my soul has arrived. At last.

Yes, Michael Klein can address death and loss and return to the life we who remain are all living and never allow his grasp on where he is, where we are to wander. He can also bring before our eyes the smiles and the joys and well as the senseless inexplicable tragedies we encounter.
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After reading Michael Klein's "The Talking Day" two things become irrefutable truth: Klein has reached sage stage with his latest work, and Sibling Rivalry has become the preeminent home of serious gay poetry. There's a satisfying richness to this book and I felt compelled to take it a few poems at a time. Klein's disarming ability to write to record, to honor the diurnal while revealing the universal...I kept thinking of James Schuyler in these poems -- that way of focusing in on the seeming mundane to make larger points about our daily lives and about our very existence. One more thing. This volume reminds me of how great it is to see a poet at his work and to observe the changes and internal lineage, from that early volume 1990 to The Talking Day, we are reminded that this is a poet who gives life its due with craft and grace. It's a rich gift.
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I've had this book in my possession for nearly a year now and have passed it up on several occasions. I think it's the fact that the cover communicates with me so directly I wasn't at "that place" yet to be able to read it. I shouldn't have been so reluctant.

Obviously, from what I know now, I should have dived right in. This is a well known gay poet, with a strong track record that spreads over the last 25 years. His style is even handed, mature. He knows to wrap his work in the minutiae of the everyday, to pull the reader into the "conspiracy of letters" with him. The trap having been set and sprung, he turns out to be a passionate and compassionate huntsman, revealing the spirit of his work to be the sorts of abstracts and conjectures lesser poets are warned against. I think the sum total of his craft is trust. I trust him to say anything. And he trusts me.

I am particularly glad for the poem, "What it was like to have written." This a perfect summary of the connundrum of all poets I've worked with, and of all poets I've enjoyed as a reader. In a step away from the strong narrative of his other poems, he tackles the question of who, in a poem, is the writer, and to whom is that writer addressing the poem. Is it literally autobiographical, about me and you? Or is it purely imaginative? He writes the poem as a beautiful knot, which is what the problem is, always turning on "always" "isn't always" "unless of course" "some other examples" and such which complicate things--just as the writer's life is complicated.

My gratitude to this poet for sharing himself, and for Sibling Rivalry Press for sharing his writing.
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Not only the most erotic cover I've seen on a poetry collection, but some of the fastest-talking, most intimate and generous poems I've read in a long time.
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