Jan 29, 2015, 4:07 AM
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Hi, everyone! My name is Paul Klenk, and I live in New York City.
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Writing is not my profession; by day I work in an office, and by night I pursue a career as a singer and pianist. But writing has been a recurring passion for a long time, and a few recent successes the past few months have spurred me to pursue it more actively. It is actually starting to become a calling, and a gratifying one.
I love to write for the Metropolitan Diary in The New York Times. This week they published my first poem, under the headline "A Reader at Home in Middle-Earth" (I would have titled it "Illustrated"). It will appear in Monday's print edition. It was a very joyful piece to write, and now I want to write more poems. It would be interesting to hear other writers' candid thoughts, whatever they may be, about this Times column.
My writing has been influenced greatly by George Orwell, particularly his essay "Politics and the English Language." Over the past five years or so, his influence on my writing has been eclipsed by Timothy Keller.
A neglected talent I may start bringing back (and hiding in other forms of writing) is anagramming. An excellent anagram ~ can relax a gentleman.
I don't read perhaps as much as I ought to, and am completely unaware of current books and writers, but a favorite novel of mine is "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. Her use of language is quite delicious.
One person who I love to listen to when he speaks, and who, although not technically a spoken word artist, could easily be classified as one, is sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay. He is a master of language, and a friend of David Mamet, whose use of language I also admire.
I look forward to learning from this group!
My grandfather was made into a hat.