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Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh‘s most recent books include Far Side of the Earth; a translation of Euripides’ Herakles; a book of essays, Interview With a Ghost; and Space Walk, winner of the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award. His new book, Army Cats, was published this spring from Graywolf Press. He teaches in the MFA Program at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn.

Spring 2006

Blueprint

By Tom Sleigh

I had a blueprintof historyin my head— it was a history of the martyrsof love, the foolsof tyrants, the tyrantsthemselves weeping at the fateof their own soldiers— a working blueprint,lacking […]

Spring 2006

Achilles’ Dream

By Tom Sleigh

adapted from The Iliad, Book XXIII   The soldiers ate, drank; and then exhausted, their foodmaking them yawn, they crowded into their tents,they slept;    but the son of Peleus,no, the son […]

Spring 2006

Persian Miniature

By Tom Sleigh

Purple-backed, clamberingthrough prongs of grassa beetle moves at ground levelwhere strippedto his underwear, hands bound behind back,rocks digging into knees, he kneelsin the ditch, cheek resting against damp clayas if […]

Spring 2006

Song

By Tom Sleigh

The lace under your shirt,intricate as lichen,flirts all nightwith the moon’s distant interweaving that nobodycan holdbecause it falls equallyon all this spring so cold and late in arriving—twenty-five years to […]

Persian Miniature

By Tom Sleigh

Purple-backed, clambering through prongs of grass a beetle moves at ground level where stripped to his underwear, hands bound behind back, rocks digging into knees, he kneels in the ditch, […]