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Daniel Klawitter

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Among other things, Daniel has been an actor, a singer/lyricist for the indie-rock band Mining for Rain, and a union organizer for mental health care workers and teachers. He has a BA in Religion Studies with a minor in Theater Arts from the College of Santa Fe and a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in justice and peace studies from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. His poems have been published in numerous respectable literary journals and magazines in Australia, England, and the United States. He is a member of both the Colorado Poets Center and the Academy of American Poets.

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Daniel Klawitter I think for most poets, the worst thing you can do is try to force a poem. I can go months without writing a poem fit for publication...but I try not…moreI think for most poets, the worst thing you can do is try to force a poem. I can go months without writing a poem fit for publication...but I try not to worry about it. I just keep reading poetry by other poets and maybe try some lines here and there when the inspiration hits me. There are also tons of writing exercises to play with...different poetic forms to practice on, etc. All the work you put into writing pays off eventually.....you may never use some of the stuff you write, but you may be able to redeem a line or two later in a different poem that is better. The hard work of writing when it isn't coming easy are building blocks that help you learn and perfect your craft. (less)
Daniel Klawitter My most recent book is "A Poet Playing Doctor" by White Violet Press. The poems in the collection are very disparate, covering a wide range of subject…moreMy most recent book is "A Poet Playing Doctor" by White Violet Press. The poems in the collection are very disparate, covering a wide range of subject matter: religion, philosophy, affairs of the heart, etc. To ensure that the collection hung together in a way that makes sense, I divided the book into four sections, keeping with the theme of "A Poet Playing Doctor": Diagnosis, Homeopathic Remedies, Radical Treatment Options, and Time To Call The Chaplain. The Diagnosis section contains poems of observation...about what is right or wrong or ambiguous with the world and even poetry itself. Homeopathic Remedies are poems related to domesticity, family, love, food, etc. Radical Treatment Options are my more explicitly "political" poems, and the final section, Time To Call The Chaplain, are poems of a more spiritual nature. (less)
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An Epistemology of Flesh

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Runaway Muse

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For the Famished

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A Poet Playing Doctor

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Hey Folks: I'm thrilled to announce that my new book of poems has been published by White Violet Press (an imprint of Kelsay Books for "advanced formalist poets"). Info is below along with blurbs of praise, two sample poems, and a brief author bio. I hope you'll check it out!


A Poet Playing Doctor
Poems by Daniel Klawitter

From White Violet Press/Kelsay Books
Hemet, California

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“Poetry vs. Prose

One difference of course
is the length of the line.
And some people suppose
that prose doesn’t rhyme.

But I have a theory
that’s more like a question:
If prose is lengthy fiction
is poetry short suggestion?”
Daniel Klawitter

“A Short Ode To Sausage

"Sad to say, there are people who regard lovers of sausages
as relics from a kind of nutritional Dark Ages"…---Charles Simic, poet.


Theologically, I’d say I was predestined
to eat animals carefully stuffed
inside their own intestines.

I’m the first to eat knockwurst,
and the last in a cholesterol tsunami
to relinquish my salami to the authorities.

Whether beef, lamb or pork--
it will end up on my fork.
(I’m clear about my priorities.)

And for those who go into hysterics
proclaiming sausages barbaric,
I want you to understand:

That though you might be leaner
you can only have my wiener
if you pry it from my cold dead hands.”
Daniel Klawitter

“Well, being a poet is a funny kind of jazz. It doesn’t get you anything. It doesn’t get you any money, or not much, and it doesn’t get you any prestige, or not much. It’s just something you do.
---John Berryman---”
Daniel Klawitter

“Poetry vs. Prose

One difference of course
is the length of the line.
And some people suppose
that prose doesn’t rhyme.

But I have a theory
that’s more like a question:
If prose is lengthy fiction
is poetry short suggestion?”
Daniel Klawitter

“Well, being a poet is a funny kind of jazz. It doesn’t get you anything. It doesn’t get you any money, or not much, and it doesn’t get you any prestige, or not much. It’s just something you do.
---John Berryman---”
Daniel Klawitter

“A desperate plea to the Trinity
is not something you can just
apologize for in the morning

-Drunk Dialing the Divine”
Amber Koneval, Drunk Dialing the Divine

“Charles Simic, when asked what he thought of Slam Poetry events: "They are fun, but they have as much to do with poetry as Elvis Presley had to do with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk".”
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“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
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Wendy Tugwood Hi Daniel. Thank you for accepting my friend request. I'm looking forward to reading your new children's poetry book. :)


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