The Preembroidered Moment follows Jim Klein from his first hospitalization for bipolar disorder through his resulting insights, change in perception, and movement into poetry. The poems come from the period between 1969, when he was working on his dissertation at the University of Illinois, and 1986, when he lost his position as an Associate Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, and became a poet.
As Matt Rohrer puts it, "This is a poet with a clear eye, a strange past, and an enormous heart."
The babysitter’s tongue. Charity’s uselessness. Rock in the field; skulls on the chopping block. Scurf, spit-shines, and rotgut wine. What happens when there are too many cats on the farm, when Grandma’s boyfriend has too much to drink, when your mother marries a sadistic sociopath. These stones and others strew the path of a boy growing up in rural New York. What is there to say?
A long poem written after the death of Arthur Anderson, There Was a Gathering Darkness tracks Melanie Klein's attempt to grasp who her grandfather was, the nature of their relationship, and his now-permanent absence.
Incorporating passages adapted from memoir pieces and letters by Anderson, the poem moves freely through time and space, shifting perspectives and rooting out connections.