Wrestling with Poetry

Poet Ish Klein presents, ”Wrestling with Poetry” Wrestling with Poetry is your podcast to find out about wrestling and poetry. You can also participate by asking a question. Email your questions here: wrestlingwithpoetry@gmail.com. It is likely Ish will read it on an episode.

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Monday Apr 22, 2024

In our final episode we'll hear Tom Raworth's poem "Beautiful Habit" and I will share my tribute poem. Also, Phantom Champions: Betty Boucher, Yukiko Tomoe, Sue Green and Evelyn Stevens Great women who beat the not-so-fabulous moolah.  Have a wonderful Summer!

Monday Apr 01, 2024

We hear from the poet and wrestler known as Individual X who is also known as Gorilla Manboy. Also a tribute to Wrestler and resistance fighter Werner Seelenbinder and a letter from a listener by the name of Spring of Deception. 

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

We hear poetry from Nada Gordon and find out about the late great wrestler Elvira Snodgrass. 

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

In this episode we hear about the poetry process from Gregory Glenn as well as Part 2 on our tribute to wrestlers who left too soon.
Questions? Wrestlingwithpoetry@gmail.com

Friday Feb 16, 2024

This week we'll hear from poet Jennifer Nelson.
Additionally the beginning of our multi-episode tribute to the wrestlers who died too soon. 
Finally, we'll find out about wrestling and poetry/drama events in Kalamazoo! As always, thank you for listening.

Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

In this episode Poet Clay Ventre reads a fantastic poem! Also a brief look back at Anabolic Steroid creation and it's perilous addition to the world of Professional Wrestling. Warning: the show will talk about murder, suicide and corporate blobs.

Monday Jan 08, 2024

Novelist, poet and artist Corwin Ericson shares his beautiful poem. We also hear about some of pro wrestling's Masked Marvels: the good, the elusive and the deluded. Hope you enjoy the show!

Monday Dec 18, 2023

In this episode: poet M.P. Carver reads two poems and an brief overview of Pro Wrestling in Japan. 

Wednesday Dec 06, 2023

In this episode we will hear the wonderful poetry of Paul Vogel enhanced by the sound design of Ryan Bell.
And we will take in advice for pro wrestling hopefuls as given by Awesome Kong and Lita.
Also events for the week of Dec 6, 2023

Tuesday Nov 21, 2023

Today we answer the question of how to treat a challenger.
Also a recording of the late great British sound poet Bob Cobbing (courtesy of Penn Sound dot org) and the definition of Backyard Wrestling as well as Poetry and Wrestling events in the Kalamazoo area.



What is kayfabe? 

Special Guest: Poet Greg Purcell reads!

We talk a little bit.

Events May 25 - June 3 2023

Got a question or concern, email me, Ish, at 




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