This week, I’m posting a short little video on the topic of dialogue in prose and how big a fan I am of dialogue not being there. Of course — as I say, if I remember right, in the video — writers are urged to include and even rely on characters to show up a lot in novels (mostly) to keep the story moving merrily along. But I also think you can make beautiful music without ever lifting a bow and putting it down on the violin and I hope this video will encourage anyone thinking about writing something without dialogue to take the leap. It is, after all, a lyrical leap, since the interior sensibility then will be doing the work of pushing the narrative forward and not so much the talking sensibility.
I also hope I come across okay in this — basically — off the top of my head little visual message. The hair looks good, I think, but I’m not sure about what I say or how I’ve said it. I’m not an actor and while I am a good reader of my own work, I’m not certain I am, media hot. So, please, If you want to see another one of these freewheelings, do post a comment and I will be more than happy to oblige. I’ll even sit in a different chair, in a different room, with a different shirt on. In other words, I liked the experience.
MICHAEL KLEIN’s latest book of poems, "then, we were still living" (GenPop Books), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His first book, "1990", tied with James Schuyler to win the award in 1993. A collection of short, lyric essays, "States of Independence" just won the 2011 BLOOM Chapbook contest in non-fiction judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez and will be published in the fall of 2012. Recent work appears in Fence, Tin House, Lumina and Ocean State Review. And his new book of poems, "The Talking Day", will be published in 2013 by Sibling Rivalry Press. He teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College in Vermont and has a blog at boysinger.wordpress.com.