Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh‘s many books include The King’s Touch, House of Fact, House of Ruin,  Station Zed, and Army Cats. His most recent book of essays, The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing In an Age of Refugees, recounts his time as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa. He has been a Kingsley Tufts Award winner, a Guggenheim Fellow, A Lila Wallace Award recipient, as well as having received the John Updike Award and an Individual Writer Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and two NEA grants in poetry. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Threepenny Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Raritan, The Common and many other magazines. He is a Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program at Hunter College.

  • Old Man Swimming

    When the Old Man of the Sea shapeshifting on the bottom
  • Code

    At last it's just me and the alphabet.
  • The Drowned and the Saved

    If all of us were to try to kill ourselves at least once, then all of us would know nothing more than that: which is why
  • Proof of Poetry

    I wanted first to end up as a drunk in the gutter
  • Stairway

    In those days, so many stairways were said to lead to happiness, mainly of a sexual kind—and as I climbed those
  • Seventh Circle

    And after the fight the moment of awakening
  • From the Ass’s Mouth: A Theory of the Leisure Class

    Up on stage in the three-quarters empty auditorium,