The Best Poets: Hear From Lambda's Nominees

The Advocate asked each nominated poet and poetry editor from this year's Lambda Literary Awards to submit one from their collection.



From The Talking Day by Michael Klein

What Happened

Direct sunlight.

Shadow of him, net to shadow of a dog.

The rest of light waits somewhere he’s been to

And never thought he’d have.

Here in the beyond – a little – the middle of his life.

The ocean, a success behind that.

He knows what happened.

He asked for love.

            That was his first mistake.


Excerpted from The Talking Day by Michael Klein with permission from the author. Copyright 2013. Published by Sibling Rivalry Press.

Michael Klein is a five-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist, which includes recent recognition for his book of poems, “The Talking Day”, published in 2013 by Sibling Rivalry Press.  New work appears or is forthcoming in BLOOM, Little Star, Guernica, Poets & Writers, The Awl, and Poetry magazine.  He reviews books for Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus and teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College.  He lives in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts, with his husband, Andrew Hood and his dog, Ruby and his cat, Cyrus.

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