House of Fact, House of Ruin
- “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
And in the house of fact, when you take off your shirt,
you can hear your shirt cry out, Facts are the floor, facts
are how you make the right side talk to the left.
I’m washing my naked belly clean, and doing it with dignity.
I’m turning around, trying to see the filthiness
that keeps making me filthy.
-from “House of Fact, House of Ruin”
Graywolf at 45: Poetry reading co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation
A poetry reading featuring Nick Flynn (I Will Destroy You), Carmen Giménez Smith (Be Recorder), Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons on Expulsion), Diane Seuss (Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl), and Tom Sleigh (House of Fact, House of Ruin). Co-sponsored by and hosted at the Poetry Foundation.
Free and open to the public, with reception to follow.
- “[A] generous new collection. . . . [Tom Sleigh's] poems range centuries and plumb the mysteries of human inconsistency with haunting forcefulness.”—Booklist
- “What Sleigh helps us see in these poems is something deeper than journalism can offer: a heart and mind torn by inhabiting a world but not fully grasping its pain.”—The Millions
- “Sleigh brings readers close to trauma with a lyrical treatment from which one wants to turn but cannot.”—Publishers Weekly
- “Sleigh makes poetry go beyond itself. . . . There’s an imperative beneath the line, words as a consequence of fine-grained thought.”—Washington Independent Review of Books