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From Publishers Weekly

Lovers Roman and modern, the dead in ancient Greece and modern Manhattan and the poet's own recovery from life-threatening illness dominate this fifth, and best, volume from Sleigh (The Dreamhouse; The Chain). The book opens with "a stone hand reaching out/ caught in a seizure/ that could be a caress," and Sleigh's focus on troubled bodies and his abstract, psychologically driven lines display his continuing debts to Frank Bidart, whose influence (along with Thom Gunn's) remains visible throughout. Yet unlike them, Sleigh can open a poem about the late actor Bob Crane with "His head rose like a torch in a tomb," and can conclude a well-managed sequence about post-9/11 Manhattan with a translated Sumerian lament: "Our country's dead/ melt into the earth/ as grease melts in the sun." Sleigh aims at tactile and kinetic experience along with more metaphysical problems, depicting a "body... wanting to go down on its knees/ before the altar, blood hammering in its ears," or evoking in a sequence of love poems "wayward, trusting, amiable flesh." The lengthy sentences of "Bridge" make it a suitable elegy for a woman lost to Alzheimer's disease, while a pair of fine translations from Ovid show Sleigh by turns wry and grief-torn. Sleigh's descriptions remain clear and his declarations of love heartfelt. It is, however, grief that dominates this carefully calibrated book, which will (at the least) cement Sleigh's reputation as a poet of modern wounds, and may well open him up for larger readerships-or land him a major award.
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Always learned and formally adept, Sleigh, in his fifth collection, revs both diction and syntax to produce his best work yet. Despite the linguistic extravagance, the results are pleasingly transparent, and what might have remained merely virtuosic here attains real depth. A sequence of poems about September 11th asserts the importance of poetry itself, by translating a four-thousand-year-old Sumerian lamentation on Ur ("Our country's dead / melt into the earth") and a spell from Greek magical papyri, which announces, "This is the charm that will protect you."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (February 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618492380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618492381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,424,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tom Sleigh is brilliant. I must agree with the last reviewer. His talent is in writing highly engaging intellectual poetry that is simultaneously full of immense feeling. Tom Sleigh is well worth the read for those that appreciate poetry. And for those that also write, his poems are a source of immense instruction as well.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2003
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This is a great book, one of the best I've ever read. I don't know about those other ..., but they clearly don't know how to read challenging, highly intelligent work. I especially like how clear and lucid the poems are: if you want to get a good feeling for this book, read the editorial reviews, written by people who know something about poetry.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2003
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Sleigh's poems are an odd brew of arid bookishness and meeching self-pity. All of these poems' effects, and I mean all of them, come across as studied and second-hand. Sleigh is weary of the world in a variety of distinctly superior and fashionable ways. Allusions to the classics abound, as they often do when a poet tries to prop up slight material with "learning." Dust collects in the corners of these poems. This book is a perfect example of poetry willed into existence by a writer devoid of talent.
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