Post Traumatic Press

Lies of the Poets

by Leslie Gerber

“Your poem [‘Lies of the Poets’] is clever and erudite enough to rescue your dubious reputation.”
Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States
“Your poems are very beautiful.”
Charles Baxter, novelist and poet
“Sometimes sharply funny, sometimes achingly sad, always wise, precise, keenly observed, Leslie Gerber’s poetry is a richly textured joy to read.”
Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“These poems brim with wit, feeling, shapeliness, connections, and sorrow. This poet loves the world that keeps breaking his heart.”
–Gail Godwin, novelist
“Leslie Gerber is plenty deft at humor, but he’s just as deft at heartbreak, delivering poems so unsentimentally powerful that they rearrange my organs. In his work, domestic violence survivors, a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and a dead child elbow their way through goose poop, shiny physical therapists, and the charming burgs of North and South Beerville. Stitched through these worthy works are language gems: ‘…dog leash in one hand/memory in the other’; ‘Wind blew a woman/away from me’; and (here go my organs) ‘So strange/to think that water hurts/something made to contain it–the way I, meant to contain/your love, am now eroding.’”
Gretchen Primack, poet
“For some inexplicable reason poetry leaves me insensitive of all the arts, but just as strangely yours speaks to me.”
Janos Starker, cellist

Copyright: Leslie Gerber
Published: Nov 2014 First Edition
ISBN: ISBN-10: 09890229443
Language: English
Publisher: Post Traumatic Press
Interior Ink: Black & white
Page Count: 44
Dimensions: 5.50 in. wide X 8.50 in. tall
Price: $8.00