Monday, January 30, 2017

Beginners by Michael Klein

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January 30, 2017


Michael Klein

About This Poem


"Like a number of poems I've written, I had the last line first and worked backward. The poem looks at relative truth and how, in youth (troubling for me), the examples were somewhat dire—national life and personal life seemed weirdly connected. That connection has also been a huge hallmark of 2016, personally. And Ruby coming into the poem, in present time, is a reminder for me that hunger for life is a kind of hope for the future."
—Michael Klein


Michael Klein is the author of When I Was a Twin (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). He teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York City.



Poetry by Klein


When I Was a Twin

(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015)

"The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog" by Alicia Ostriker


"Everyday Escapes" by Dean Young


"First Gestures" by Julia Spicher Kasdorf




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