Trending »
Related »

THE SPAN & OTHER POEMS – Jim Klein

on November 22 | in Poetry | by | with No Comments

At last, the extremes
of his present methods
seemed to offer
the happiest avenues.
The strengthening
of even a single cell
might become as much
as new knowledge
where ratty camouflage
is ripped aside
revealing a real veldt
to hold him as surely
across as up and down
in its green organization.

THESE LINES

These lines are like
a general to his troops,
troops we must be
thought of as actually
being there unless he’s
a very special general.

The odds, however long,
are not what impels us,
but the guarantee of failure,
the foolishness of arranging
bouquets, the lovemaking
of less and less as stem
is jammed onto stem.

THE NOTEBOOK

This new notebook.

I can’t wait
to begin messing it up.

Actually, I’ve stopped twice
during this sentence,
which contains two sentences,
to watch an old woman
in a sari looking down severely
who suddenly shuts the window
and brings the whole thing
to a close.

The sentence is
the biggest fiction.
Murder may have been done.

Sure, I want to write as I breathe,
to push words out of me
the way my guts are tied.

Should I take tent stakes
and bang them into steel?
Or wring rainwater
out of the fog?

 

Jim Klein has published more than 100 poems in publications including The Berkeley Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Joe Soap’s Canoe, Oxford Magazine, The Plastic Tower, Onthebus, Pulpsmith, andGandhabba; he has been published many times in The Wormwood Review, including a Feature Section. He has also published articles inThe Christian Century, James Joyce Quarterly, and College English. He founded two literary magazines, Lunch, at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, in the seventies, and currently The Rutherford Red WheelbarrowBlue Chevies, his first book, came out in September 2008, and To Eat Is Human Digest Divine in 2009.

Pin It

Related Posts

« »

Recent Posts

News

Safia Elhilo

2 Poems

Michele Robinson\'s Art [...]

Let Me Straddle Your Mind

X.J. Kennedy

The Crusader

Why did you leave bring m [...]

Yeah bring our electric shaver back, I bought it we shaved each others back it was important to me and

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes

BEFORE YOU – Kwame  [...]

1 Yes, we were country, lived in shotgun shacks, where the road loses its way to dirt and live oaks

MENSTRUAL FLOWERS – [...]

[new_royalslider id="11"] Courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery  

WHAT THE WOMB ISN’T [...]

         "Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leav

JUNOT DIAZ

Junot' Diaz and Edison, NJ

EDISON, NEW JERSEY – [...]

The first time we try to deliver the Gold Crown the lights are on in the house but no on

Rachel Eliza Griffiths [...]

Elegy & Poem

The March on Washington:  [...]

OTHER WORLD: A Conversati [...]

"We are all the other."

I OPEN A BOX

…and find inside a picture, of myself as a child, sitting on a small chair, wearing overalls and sho

Naive Paintings

Raphael Perez

CIRCLES OF THE MOON & [...]

To Alex, on turning two Some say the Ring of Brogar is the Circle of the Moon. There is n

In This Issue

March on Washington An Interview with Cheryl Evans

5 POINTZ: GRAFFITI MECCA  [...]

In a strange twist of what seemed like reverse vandalism, the Graffiti Mecca was painted over.

In This Issue

Forest Gander A Translation

In This Issue

Quassan Castro, poem Grandson to Grandmother

URBAN CANVAS: Wynwood Wal [...]

Wynwood Walls, of Miami has been called "a Museum of the Streets."

Pulaski Skyway

Low like the mean dream of Newark the sky must have seemed to its builders. Rickety now, unhinging, I

THE SPAN & OTHER POE [...]

At last, the extremes of his present methods seemed to offer the happiest avenues. The strengthening

Paul Latorre

5th Limb Poems

Joan Larkin

Poem, Knot

Gina Loring, Def Poetry [...]

Poem, Look This Way

In This Issue

Xue Du, Poem

AT THE END OF THE DREAM I [...]

A woman      in a black kimono      dyed black hair disappeared      behind a black curtain I

Marge Piercy

Poem: Behind the War On Women

Naive Paintings

Raphael Perez

Marie Miazziotti -Gillam [...]

Maria Mizzotti-Gillan

Vicky Dantel

Short Story

In This Issue

Pilar Fraile Amador poem

Quassan Castro

Poem

Lugensky Durosier [...]

Lady Haiti

In This Issue

David Trinidad

In This Issue

Landzy Theodore

In This Issue

Angelo Nikolopoulos

Scroll to top