Annal: 2008 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Results of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in the year 2008.

Book:Space Walk

Space Walk: Poems

Tom Sleigh

Space Walk blasts off into realms of experience that show the imagination’s limitless capacity to be both brutal and uplifting. While many of the poems in this daring collection confront head-on our current American realities of empire, state violence, the endless “crisis-chatter” of talking heads, and the eerie, weightless feeling of impending catastrophe, they are tethered to the gravitational pull of love and hope.

In Tom Sleigh’s poems, rocket engines and pancake houses, space stations and mom’s kitchen, terrorist organizations and Sundays in a museum are all part of love’s intergalactic amplitude. As the poet writes in “After Netzsche”: “In the face that must conceal / what is necessary / to bear / love appears in the face / of the face of what is necessary.”

Hailing Tom Sleighs work, the Los Angeles Times writes that he stakes a claim on the planet of the imagination. In The New Yorkers words, he asserts the importance of poetry itself, showing us in Space Walk its restorative, recuperative powers.

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