Loren Kleinman






It’s not so rough until it happens to you
After the Women’s March, Jan. 2017


After he held me down in the cold bathroom stall there were no marches. I heard the sound of the dripping sink, the buzz of the moth. I saw the sun leaving the continent, darkness budding like a rose from my mouth.


I wish I could love like I used to. I wish I could be a drink in someone’s hand. A whistle, an entire ocean, a leaf of lettuce, railroad tracks. I wish I could be silent. Listen to the water splash off the bough.






I want your heartache, pricked thumb, blackened dirt, tangled weed, little razor. Make a hill out of me, a pile of chicken bones.




Love is the chair you sit on


Your cat’s matted hair, the dog shit on the bed, your mother’s favorite drink, the hummingbird, the gays and straights, Jews, the blacks, the burnt candle, the burnt chicken, torn jeans, streetlights glistening with rain water, the newspaper, tonight, tomorrow, critics, the nagging girl at work, your foot dangling from the bed, the small shack in the woods, beards, dead people, mush in a bowl, whispering, deadlines, the police, the beatings, the endless beatings, crack heads, splattered paint, Bukowski, actors, presidents and garbage men, tequila, strippers, flowers, whores, classical music, pink, purple eyes, smoking, listening to music, whiskey, and hope, all hope.











Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such ADANNADrunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She’s also published essays in CosmopolitanGood Housekeeping and Seventeen Magazine. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Kleinman’s The Dark Cave Between My Ribs was named one the best poetry book of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. Her third collection of poetry Breakable Things released via Winter Goose Publishing in March 2015. Her novel This Way to Forever (Evatopia Press), a collection of prose poems, Stay with Me Awhile (Winter Goose Publishing), and a memoir, The Woman with a Million Hearts (BlazeVOX) will be released in 2016. She is a faculty member at New York Writer’s Workshop and a full-time freelance writer and social media strategist.







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