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Flamenco Sketches

Winner of the 2003 Spire Poetry Competition
Flamenco Sketches breaks through with jazz-like rhythms, including the howl of horns, the guttural bang of drums, quick time change and improvisation. Kleinman takes this “outsider” form of jazz poetry and shows us that the body has many songs. In these sparse, yet revealing poems, you’ll catch yourself singing along and entering her unrehearsed world.
Excerpt from "Something for Your Arms I":

Sometimes silence settles and stays so strong—
a thick blanket resting upon our backs
enshrouds us within this place, buried corpse.
Our lips fold underneath a stucco canopy,
My mind exploding delirium;
it is so easy to find comfort here,
against your lips pulsing love sick love sick.


Loren Kleinman writes about longing and loving, touch and loss, truth, absence, and ultimately, the soul. [Her] poems are moving, the sentiment naked, and the language irresistible. I'm grateful to have been invited to into this writer's mind and heart and world.
Beverly Donofrio
Beverly Donofrio
Author, Riding in Cars with Boys
Kleinman introduces herself as an innovator- breaking into her art with hopes of finding a niche of her own.
Julie Kimmel
Julie Kimmel
Spire Magazine, Spring 2003
The poems in Flamenco Sketches are primarily concerned with the human body and how the external world plays upon it. Here, we glimpse an alternate reality, one that is both striking and tender. These poems are sung in the powerful voice of one who is ultimately searching for a better understanding of how to live.
Sarah Fay
Sarah Fay
Advisory Editor, Paris Review
Flamenco Sketches is at times deeply personal, revealing, and enlightening. Personal is the beautiful eroticism captured in the collection's opening sketches. It's refreshing to read sensual sentiments in verse that endear rather than entice. Flamenco Sketches represents another fine work by poet Loren Kleinman who continues to refine her craft and fashion great poetry.
Emmett Wheatfall
Emmett Wheatfall
Bread Widow
Reading Loren Kleinman’s Flamenco Sketches reminds me of the first time I listened to Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain. The elaborate and excited flourishes of rich experience. The muted sargasso mottoes of the impatient mind. Never the wrong note, always the search for the right time to play it. The mysterious interface between private expression and public expression. And while Loren Kleinman might not turn her ass to her audience as Miles would, in Flamenco Sketches we can see a jazz poet turning over her shoulder and giving us a smartass grin.
Mark Fogarty
Mark Fogarty
Author of Myshkin's Blues, Peninsula, and Phantom Engineer
Flamenco Sketches offers a viewpoint that is unique and strong—Loren Kleinman’s words speak so deeply that you believe she has had a conversation with the internal places most never dare to search for.  There is a definite rhythm in each poem that doesn’t wait to inquire if you have chosen to dance to it. As a reader, we dance straight away, because the poetry cannot be denied, and neither can that hidden part of ourselves that we find inside of this manuscript. This is a truly remarkable collection that will reside on the eye-level shelf of my bookcase.
Angela M. Carter
Angela M. Carter
Author & Poet, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body