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Moving Day

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Poetry. MOVING DAY is the second collection by acclaimed poet Ish Klein. In this book, the poet deepens her commitment to socially-engaged lyricism, as she directly confronts the darkest sources of conflict and shared suffering while also investigating and celebrating the relationships that help us deal with personal, societal, and environmental ills. Like Whitman and O'Ha ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Canarium Books
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I really wanted to like this book. I picked it up in a used bookstore initially because it was described as being like Whitman, and Leaves of Grass is one of my favorite volumes of poetry ever. Unlike Whitman, however, Klein's poetry is not rooted enough in every day concrete things for my tastes. i was curious about the poet's gender identity as there were bits that suggested she might be trans. There were phrases here and there that I liked (see below for examples), but overall they didn't bui ...more
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Breathless, sensitive and “devilish,” the Poetry Foundation’s blog describes Ish Klein’s poetry as “mawkishly sentimental and lyrically poignant.” Her films are billed as “excellent — if extremely bizarre.” Welcome to a parallel universe where you find your doppelganger auditioning for a puppet show.
Someone in a fanciful tiger suit stands waving at us from the cover of Moving Day. This is an apt image for acclimatizing yourself to what lies ahead. Prepare to merge identities on multiple levels i
Awesome cover design concealing poems that are surprisingly good--surprising because I picked up this book completely on a whim. I confess I'm saying I 'read' this book even though I didn't read all of the poems. I didn't read the 'title track' yet. Instead I photocopied it, to be read later, after I've had time to chew on the other ones. If something is so good that you skip part of it in order to savor it later, that's pretty good. I'd recommend this one.
Camille Martin
“. . . Klein’s poems exude personality, and that inimitable voice of hers makes them fun to read. It’s what Frank O’Hara might have sounded like if he had texted his poems. . .”

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I love how this book made me think both of Berryman with the ramped up voice and sounds, Koch's quirkiness and Whitman's wateriness.
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