In Anything in Turquoise, Wendy Klein takes us on a global journey across the Far East, the US and Scandinavia. The poems begin in Mongolia and the Gobi desert, Vietnam and Cambodia, witnessing ‘cultures in varying states of disrepair’ and the sense of ‘half a holocaust / under my feet’. We then move West, with poems on post-Katrina New Orleans, and Klein’s own troubled history growing up Jewish in California. Raw but filled with tenderness and humour, this collection rises out of a relentless hunger to explore.
Praise for Cuba in the Blood (2009):
“Her poet’s eye [is] constantly weighing the value of intimate detail against the cold sweep of history.”
“Several continents run richly in Wendy Klein’s blood, and with her strongly cinematic imagination and energetic, delicate musicality she maps and sings them powerfully.”
Wendy Klein came to the UK from California in 1971. A former psychotherapist, she completed the Creative Writing diploma at Oxford University in 2000. Her work has been published in magazines like Mslexia, Magma and Smiths Knoll. Her first collection, Cuba in the Blood, was published by Cinnamon in 2009. She regularly reads at the Troubadour in London and the Poets’ Cafe in Reading.