Poetry. The ambition of Ish Klein's debut collection, UNION!, like that of the Soviet/Russian "Soyuz" space program it's named after, is to take us to another world so that we may better see our own. Klein traverses ocean, earth, and sky with spiritual longing as she compassionately describes human loneliness, and each poem is a love letter written to a civilization left behind. Here is a voice like "A spark from Hard Silence made mad," replete with yearning and fierce with mystery, and even as the poems teeter on the invisible line between wit and sorrow, each poem attests to Klein's promise: "I sympathize with all the creatures in this story."
Shane McCrae at OctopusGina Myers @ BookslutNick Demske @ Gently Read LiteratureJoel Brouwer@ Ron Slate's On the SeawallKristina Marie Darling in Boston ReviewSeth Abramson @ The Huffington Post
Ish Klein is the author of UNION!, MOVING DAY, and CONSOLATION AND MIRTH, all published by Canarium Books. She grew up in Long Island, and was educated at Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A filmmaker as well as a poet, she's received a Digital Filmmaker Residency from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her films have been screened at the Stuttgart Film Winter festival, Arlene's Picture Show, and the Philadelphia Film Festival.Author City: AMHERST, MA USA