Haunted Importantly

haunted importantly

I'm Michael Klein, a poet and writer who has written three books of poems, a memoir, a book of essays, and a chapbook of prose poems (or they might actually be very short lyric essays).  My memoir, "Track Conditions," is about my experiences on the racetrack and being groom to Kentucky Derby winner, Swale. I've also edited three anthologies which all face, in one way or another, the AIDS pandemic.  

Lately, I've been doing a lot of critical essays -- on poetry mostly, for the Rumpus and Los Angeles Review of Books websites.  And I've also been enjoying doing interviews over the years -- mostly, with poets, though I have also interviewed writer and activist Eve Ensler and the theatre composer and lyricist, Adam Guettel (which I still have to transcribe.  It's very long).  I also teach in the MFA Program at Goddard College and in the summers have lately been doing a week-long memoir workshop at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro.  

At Haunted Importantly, I will be sharing news and published work and provide links to everything I can remember.  And, eventually, there may be a blog, too about the movies and theater and other stuff I go to, when I leave my husband and dog and cat alone. Basically, I want this to be an open forum for ideas as they occur -- my mind, in space.  Or elsewhere, depending on the temperature.  

Here are all the published books I've written and three anthologies that I edited either alone or with a friend. Please click on the book and it will take you to a page where you can buy it.  I really have tried to not link to Amazon (except in the cases of the anthologies), but instead to the small press which published the book. Support small presses!  It's really the most interesting work out there.  My first book of poems, "1990" is available from Provincetown Arts Press, 650 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, 508.487.3167