Winner of the 2004 Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal in Poetry
Co-winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize
In The Strange Hours Travelers Keep, Kleinzahler's poems stretch and go where this iconoclastic American poet has never gone before: they have his signature high color and rhythmic jump, but they take on a new breadth of voice and achieve registers that his earlier work only hinted at. Ranging from Las Vegas and Mayfair to the Asian steppes and contemporary Berlin, these poems touch down at will in tableaux where Liberace unceremoniously meets with St. Kevin and Gustav Mahler with Ava Gardner. Surprise after surprise, nothing seems to lie outside Kleinzahler's purview.
This is the strongest collection to date from a poet with "the vision and confident skill to make American poetry new" (Clive Wilmer, The Times [London]).