Michael Klein



Poems By Michael Klein

The playwright

The massage

The twin


The playwright

                                      for Maria Irene Fornes

She was talking about the mystery happening to
the artist as necessary light. The subjects for her plays:
          the poor,
people who want to learn something they didn’t think they                       could have.
Not what an American audience expects.
An American audience expects fame.
She covers her mouth when she has nothing to say.
Then she was talking about how she made people.
She said, you don’t know, but people know—people know what                you’re like.
She didn’t know the character was homosexual until she                          finished writing
him, and how he would thrive in the world. Then, he thrived.



From then, we were still living (GenPop Books, 2010)




    Poetry Center Reading:
    Spring 2011