The Edge of Sleep
by Leslie Gerber
You show how the poet can disappear into the poem. A neat trick.
--Billy Collins (on "The Edge of Sleep")
Leslie Gerber's poems are a stimulating mix of the wry, the broadly humorous, and the affectingly intimate. With scrupulous and affectionate attention he probes, many of the ordinary corners of our lives, illuminating them in language that's direct, straightforward, unsentimental, without any showiness of language but with hard-earned self-awareness and without self-regard...Gerber's poems seem always alive to the complicated nature of the world. These are poems of genuine emotion gingerly handled, of grave knowledge carefully fashioned, and voiced with admirable and affecting lightness of touch. Although he calls his collection The Edge of Sleep these poems are the work of a wonderfully wide-awake imagination.
Leslie Gerber’s collection is full of surprises. His best poems tend toward absurd openings–“The dogs are on strike” or “When I awoke this morning/I found my shoes were made of bre
ad”–or openings of simple precision: “In the mountains of El Salvador/lives a young maiden/with three gold teeth/and one false eye.” It’s hard not to keep reading after receiving such invitations. They make us clear the calendar. They make us silence the phone.
--Charles Rafferty [“The Unleashable Dog”]
Leslie Gerber’s new collection of poetry will keep readers happily off balance with its unusual combination of down-to-earth observation and slightly zany surrealism. Casual and accessible in presentation, the poems entertain weird possibilities and explore unanticipated mental detours. Propelling his readers along the “Moebius Track” of his imaginings, the poet encourages us to join him in “dream[ing] of a man who is dreaming.”
--Judith Saunders / Marist College
|Copyright: ||Leslie Gerber|
|Published: ||Nov 2016 First Edition|
|Publisher: ||Post Traumatic Press|
|Interior Ink: ||Black|
|Page Count: ||44|
|Dimensions: ||5.50 in. wide X 8.50 in. tall|