The End of Being Known: A Memoirby Michael Klein
Written in poet Michael Klein's uniquely passionate voice, The End of Being Known explores the lines that define, yet also blur, the boundaries of sex, friendship, and compatibility. This collection of autobiographical essays probes the manifestations of sexual desire in its mystical variety: experiencing incest, falling in love, being a twin, and inhabiting the world of anonymous sex -- in practice, and, in an essay about the Body Electric movement, as something recuperative and renewing.
Each essay unfurls in a hybrid of poetry, narrative, and fragmentary literary devices. Here is an uncompromising gaze upon the quandaries of those whose sexual, emotional, and relational worlds collide, yielding no answer to the riddle of desire.
“Klein’s thoughtful writing reflects ongoing ruminations, so thought-provokingly personal yet universal that readers may pause occasionally to really absorb them.”Booklist
“Klein’s prose style, like his poetry, is dreamy, allusive, repetitive in that way that admirers term ‘hypnotic.’”Publishers Weekly
Meet the Author
Michael Klein is an award-winning poet and author. His poetry collections 1990 and Poets for Life are winners of the Lambda Literary Book Award. He lives in New York City and teaches memoir writing in the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
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Michael Klein's first memoir, 'Track Conditions' was a poem disguising as a memoir about the racetrack and thoroughbred racing and, not incidentally, a fractured past involving drug addiction and sexual abuse. His new book is even more poetic and pushes the envelope even further into trying to answer the riddle of sexual desire. It is spare, beautiful and terrifying at times and it's great strength is the fact that there is very little Klein is willing to look at or talk about. Brave AND artistic AND, surprisingly, a great read.