David Sloan The Irresistible In-Between

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The Irresistible In-Between

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9780982810071: The Irresistible In-Between

David Sloan strives to capture the sensations of being alive. Deeply honest, unpretentious, generous and beautifully crafted poems about family, nature, and the metaphysical.

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A graduate of the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program, David Sloan loves living in Maine;at the edge of the world; with his wife Christine; they both work in Maine s only Waldorf high school. He is the author of two books on teaching: Stages of Imagination: Working Dramatically with Adolescents, and Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through Literature. His poetry has appeared most recently in The Barefoot Review, The Broome Review, The Café Review, Carpe Articulum, Innisfree, The Naugatuck River Review, The Northern New England Review, Passager, The Prairie Wolf Press Review and Words and Images. He is a recipient of the 2012 Betsy Sholl and Maine Literary awards, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is currently enjoying life's newest delight grandfatherhood!

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The task David Sloan takes on in this collection is nothing less than to depict the struggle to live an authentic life as a necessarily flawed human being. Sloan does not shy away from exposing what he calls all my ineptitudes as a son, brother, father, and husband. But this uneasy awareness of the dread mingled with elation only deepens his appreciation of those human ties and of the world around him, whose beauty remains (as in the title of one of my favorite poems) unfixable. --Jeffrey Harrison, author of Incomplete Knowledge

W.H. Auden said poetry is a clear statement of mixed emotions, and that s the great gift of David Sloan s poems. The Irresistible In-Between gives us a series of lenses, each clarifying the rich complexity of contemporary life and relationships. There is an exactitude of eye and ear here, and an unassuming confidence that makes the speaker an indispensible guide through relational thickets, where, as he says, I do what I can to be near the commotion, the danger. I would describe all these poems the way the speaker describes his sons carpentry skills: the casual exactness of lines/ measured out like music. These are indeed beautifully rendered poems. --Betsy Sholl, author of Rough Cradle

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