Driving through Paintings
poems by Leslie Klein
Leslie Klein's Driving through Paintings takes the reader on a journey as she relives the many trips she's taken to places both near and far. “Within these pages / the pulse of my life resides. // The journeys taken / ideas birthed / sorrows unveiled.” Her poems illustrate the beauty and mystery of nature, the spirit of a creative life, and the journey of self-awareness.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-951651-34-3 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Released June 2020
Leslie Klein is an artist and writer, living in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Her op-eds, feature stories, and poetry have been published in various newspapers and magazines. Klein has had a long career teaching and showing her work in galleries and juried exhibitions. She was commissioned to create the sculpture for The Boston Freedom Award.
Leslie Klein writes with the eye of an artist and the voice of a poet. Her Driving through Paintings takes the reader on a journey—retracing the many trips she’s taken over the years to beloved places, as well as revisiting the miracles she sees daily in her own backyard. There’s a sense of wonder in her work—whether it be about a hawk’s flight or her grandmother’s knitting needles — along with an innate understanding of the mysteries of life. “I believe in magic,” she writes, “I see it everywhere.” With an open, generous heart, she shows us what she sees—“the daily tricks / of dawn and dusk / painting color on the sky.” This is a book to cherish, written by someone with a gift for language, a deep feeling for the natural world, and a wellspring of empathy and love.
The span of Leslie Klein's poetic musings is diverse. Still, catching this naturalist's attention are her ventures into the natural world, its picking berries with dad, looking into the very heart of ancient trees, encountering recent arrivals of spring birds on a May morning.
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