Tom Healy Animal Spirits

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Animal Spirits

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Tom Healy's Animal Spirits follows his much-praised poetry debut, What the Right Hand Knows (Four Way Books 2009). The book is a collaboration with celebrated artist Duke Riley. Pairing Healy s intense, diamond-hard poems with Riley's drawings of animals in the throes of ecstasy, affliction and bestiality,Animal Spirits brings the world of raptorial desire out into the open, blurring, even bruising, the lines that divide us from animal. The poems in this new book range from recollections of life on a farm to the writings of a dying grandmother to the heights of Everest, tracking Healy's (read our) experience of the precarious, the provisional, and the immaterial terror that daily couples with our thrill and wonder at life on earth. As Richard Howard said of Healy s earlier collection, there is a certain sorcery to Healy s work that makes it a pleasure at once sumptuous and cost-effective, precise and loving. In the tight, but generous economy of these poems, Healy works his eloquent sorcery on the crude but complicated facts of human desire. Animal Spirits conjures a complicated world of emotion in which we are stung by pain even as we are stunned into joy.

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Tom Healy is a writer, poet, and chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide. Tom's first book, What the Right Hand Knows, was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. His most recent book, Animal Spirits, a collaboration with tattoo artist Duke Riley, was published by Monk Books in 2013. His poems have appeared in a variety of national and international journals, including The Paris ReviewBoston Review, and Yale Review. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Justice, Protest, and Hope and IOU: New Writing on Money. Healy is a contributor to The Huffington Post and Creative Time Reports. He was awarded the New York City Arts Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for leading rebuilding efforts for the downtown arts community after 9/11. Healy is currently a professor at New York University and is a visiting professor at the New School.

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Animal spirits keep stalking and Tom Healy continues to document and dispatch emotional transgression gracefully and fluidly (a stylistic strength). Thus we are spun from humor to a devastating poem, "The Grandmother's Suicide Note", which ends, "But never mind./I no longer remain/and I was never yours." The nuclear family, as the "market" model, is revealed once again as a cruel archaic model of a behavorial unit. Yet this poet never stops taking risks.
--Carol Muske-Dukes, from "Singing School: a Chorus."

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