It is a pleasure...to come upon Tom Sleigh's first book, After One, in which the musical intricacy of its varied forms corresponds to the precision of emotion and observation... Mr. Sleigh's poetry engages the self just as it engages the physical world that is there to be marveled at, enjoyed and lost. In language that is rhythmic, spare and lucid, he rewards his readers with poems genuinely designed with what Frost called "a good look and a good listen."

—Robert Pack, New York Times Book Review


In After One Sleigh does not allow for convenient distinctions between distance and intimacy, or between formal dazle and intense emotion. The beating human heart that is evoked in these pages is a source of both rhythm and savagery.

—Robert Polito, The Boston Phoenix


After One
By Tom Sleigh