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Congratulations to Lytton Smith,
whose collection, The Square,
was selected as winner of
The 2020 New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM chapbook contest.
I am honored to have my chapbook,
Emphatic Pajamas,
a collection of found stories,
selected, from among some 400 submissions,
as a finalist.

Maintenant

Wow. Just received my copy of Maintenant 14, an annual journal of contemporary Dada writing and art. It’s an ambitious collection of some 260 pages, about half visual works, and I’m thrilled to have one of my found poems included.

EAP: The Magazine

Always a happy surprise when a poem is accepted, and another surprise to find that it has been published without further notice! Thanks to Exterminating Angel Press: The Magazine for including one of my found poems in the Spring 2020 issue.

poem

Overtaken by a rash of rhyming and curse as a prompt, I wrote this poem in the other Before-time: before The Election, before 45 was a poisonous number.

Thanks to editor Jerome Betts and Lighten Up Online, it has now found its way into Issue 50 and the world alongside much rhyming, much wry commentary, and some very clever poems.

Indefinite Space

Always a surprise and pleasure to find a fat envelope in the mailbox, this time delivering the 2020 edition of Indefinite Space, an annual print journal that includes two of my found poems. Special thanks to editor Marcia Arrieta.

Journal of the Plague Year

Journal of the Plague Year is an ambitious new online journal that seems to have been birthed fully formed in response to current events. I am honored to have been invited to submit my found poems and to have two selected for publication.

Full Bleed

Literary journals are not exactly high on the essential list (except for their staff and contributors), so it’s both gratifying and impressive when one carries on and births a new issue in spite of the odds. I am very grateful to Full Bleed for including to of my found poems, hummingbirds and to write, in Issue 4, out this week.

Pendemic

Pendemic is an online journal out of Ireland, created to share new writing in response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). I’m very pleased that they’ve published three of my recent found poems.

Explorations in Media Ecology

I’m thrilled (and a little dazzled) to have three of my found poems published in the scholarly journal Explorations in Media Ecology, Volume 19, Number 1. It’s a handsome publication. Here’s one spread:

Miracle Monocle

Thank you to Sarah Anne Strickley and the editorial staff at Miracle Monocle for featuring three of my found poems in Issue 14, produced in the midst of shutdowns and many inconveniences.

Psaltery & Lyre

Aromatica Poetica

Aromatica Poetica is an online journal that celebrates the senses of taste and smell. I’m delighted that they have published five of my visual poems during National Poetry Month.

Subjectiv Journal

poem

The evolution

For a while, in the first months
of the pandemic, you feared your hands:

that they might be the engine of your destruction,
grab from the air, from book or doorknob,

newspaper or broccoli, the errant cell calling
to your lungs. Those hands, lathered, rinsed,

laundry hung out in a dust storm, dragged back in,
washed again. And your face, itching, yearning

for them, abandoned lover. Later, the air itself
became suspect and you held your breath on the trail,

in the grocery store, at the mailbox. Yet, shocked
by your isolation, your fear of contamination,

you came to enjoy the whims of unstructured days,
the naps and chickadees and jigsaw puzzles.

You called old friends, cleaned cupboards, ticked tasks
off your list, learned new technology. You had

no passport, no visa for the country called the future.
The microorganism would stamp your documents,

or not. So you gardened as if someone else
might harvest the beautiful purple peapods,

the lettuce, even the sudden radishes.
And then, as predictions became less dire,

you discovered a new fear:
that life would return to normal.

© J.I. Kleinberg

District Lit

Two of my poems, “Distracted by the stars” and “Self portrait,” have just been published in District Lit. Founded and edited by Diana Smith Bolton, District Lit publishes “writing that smashes down the borders in which we district our lives.” I am grateful to have my work selected.

What Rough Beast, again!

Extremely grateful that editor Michael Broder and What Rough Beast have published five more of my found poems of resistance (links to earlier issues in sidebar at left). A project of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit poetry press Indolent Books, What Rough Beast “publishes innovative, provocative, and risky work” with “particular relevance to issues of racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.”

There is hardly anything more relevant to issues of racial, social, economic, and environmental justice than your vote in November.

Please See Me

Please See Me is an online literary journal that features health- and healthcare-related stories in a variety of genres. Each issue is themed. I am honored that Please See Me selected two of my found poems for publication in Issue 4, on hope.

Poets Reading the News

a poem, for a change

On the trail

How courteous we were
yesterday as we stepped

off the trail to allow others
plenty of room to pass

untouched, no brushing
of shoulders, not close enough

to notice that in our isolation
we hadn’t bathed, that we’d barely

climbed out of our pajamas,
run the toothbrush round

our mouths before yielding
ourselves to this extravagance

of spring, the river an icy celadon
in a stripe of afternoon sun,

moss-painted boulders big as cars,
fallen trees tossed in a snarl,

the ups and downs of the path
playing with the song

of the river, louder, softer,
as we step aside, wait, smile

at the dogs rushing to greet us,
to reassure us, it’s okay, you smell good.
 
 
© J.I. Kleinberg

One Sentence Poems, again (and again)

One Sentence Poems has selected two of my short (one-sentence) poems for publication: “Song” and “Resolution.” Really appreciate the careful work of editors Dale Wisely, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, and Tony Press.

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