Tom Sleigh is the author of a previous essay collection, Interview with a Ghost, and ten books of poetry, including Station Zed, Army Cats, and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.
"In Sleigh's hands . . . moments of ongoingness mix something of the daily with something of the miraculous. . . . Like [Walt] Whitman, Sleigh here plays with what the observer's notebook can become. He embeds lines of poetry in journalistic essays like a rogue reporter; conversely, he'll forge a sonnet or rhymed tercets out of reported language."--The New York Times Book Review "Sleigh's prose -- often about the ugliest things in life, war and rape and murder, and neglect for those suffering rape and murder --is beautiful and sensitive. His writing is simultaneously insightful, stuffed with facts, and beautiful at the line level. . . . His reporting is lively and intellectually engaging in a way that is too often missing from 'traditional' journalism. We need more writing from poets like Sleigh, particularly writing about criminally underserved topics like the plight of refugees."--Michigan Quarterly Review "His stories from these war-torn places are sharply observed and humane. . . . The second half of the book is a remarkable critical memoir, in which Sleigh writes perceptively about some of his poet heroes . . . . What emerges is a uniquely personal take on the responsibilities of the poet and the potential for language to be 'a form of care.'"--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Wry and sharply observed, Sleigh's book bears witness to injustice as it engages in a compelling, humane quest for artistic truth. Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist."--Kirkus Reviews