Before, During, and After: Poems

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6.58 X 8.0 X 0.37 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author
Hal Sirowitz is an internationally known poet and the author of five books of poetry: Mother Said; My Therapist Said; Before, During and After; Father Said; and Stray Cat Blues. His work has been translated into thirteen languages and published in many anthologies and magazines. He was awarded the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He is also the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. Hal has performed and appeared on MTV's "Spoken Word Unplugged"; Lollapalooza; Edinburgh's Fringe Festival; the Helsinki International Poetry Festival; the Jerusalem Conference of Writers and Poets; PBS's "Poetry Heaven"; NPR's "All Things Considered"; PBS's "The United States of Poetry" and "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. Hal is a retired New York City public school teacher. He lives with his wife, the writer Minter Krotzer, in Philadelphia.
""These poems map the tangled terrain . . . of the American family--its complex relationships, its twisted fears, its desperate dreams. They're short and concise, but they can be said, disturbing, and funny all at once: the emotional debris of an entire dysfunctional life packed into each one."