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 Nov 06, 2023

We hear from brilliant poet Greg Purcell and find out what a wrestling monster really is. Also: sources of lore revealed!

Monday Oct 30, 2023

In episode 22, we hear from poet Douglas Piccinnini and learn about some of the wrestling promotion outfits that are and one that will be (hopefully).

Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

In this episode pro wrestlers who also spouted great poetry.
Lanny with his rhymed promos and Randy with is free verse promos.

Sunday Oct 15, 2023

In this episode Kelly Krumrie shares an excerpt from her book length poem "No Measure". We also get asked a valuable question from Robert about how to get into poetry head space before a reading and finally I share the wrestling trainer's wisdom that I have gathered from  the web. Honky Tonk Man, William Regel, Lou Thesz and Herb Welch.

Monday Oct 02, 2023

In this episode we'll hear 2 poems from the fabulous poet Sommer Browning and I will answer some questions from The Big Question (a friend of the podcast who asks questions). Also, I list and explain a couple of match types in wrestling.
Hope you enjoy this episode!

Monday Sep 25, 2023

In this episode Ella reads their amazing poem entitled Dry Season.
Also I talk about 7 major (as I see them) firsts in wrestling.

Monday Sep 18, 2023

In this episode we hear from poet Joel Craig!
Also we talk about the interval of the wrestling match.

Monday Sep 11, 2023

We hear the beautiful poem of Paul Killebrew: Wanna Wrestle? 
Plus: a questions from Kentucky Ted about how wrestling compares with the theatrical traditions.
Finally we talk about the difficulties loving a wrestler and being a wrestler who is a lover.

Monday Sep 04, 2023

In this episode we will hear from Joshua Edwards and find out the basic first steps towards becoming a pro wrestler.
Any questions?
Ask us here: wrestlingwithpoetry@gmail.com

Monday Aug 28, 2023

In this episode Rae reads her poem "Gorgeous"
We talk about Authenticity's reality in wrestling.
Also a question from Mavis in Memphis



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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