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Frances Klein

Frances Klein (she/her) is a poet and teacher writing at the intersection of disability and gender. She is the 2022 winner of the Robert Golden Poetry Prize, and the author of the chapbooks New and Permanent (Blanket Sea 2022) and The Best Secret (Bottlecap Press 2022). Klein currently serves as assistant editor of Southern Humanities Review.

February Dark

After John Irving

Such an informal winter—

no cold to speak of, 

the days short and dark,

the nights as broad 

as a stocking stretched 

on the dry rack—my mood blue-gray 

like a revolver.

When I wake the bed is empty, 

but I can’t remember if it should be.

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