Poetry. Art. LGBT Studies. 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 range from recollections of life on a farm, to the writings of a dying grandmother, to the heights of Everest, tracking our experience of the precarious, the provisional, and the immaterial terror that daily couples with our thrill and wonder at life on earth. 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.
Tom Healy is a writer, poet, and chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide. He was appointed to the Fulbright Board by President Barack Obama. Tom is the author of two books, ANIMAL SPIRITS (Monk Books, 2013), and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. His essays, poems and criticism have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Tom served on President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and he has worked around the world on AIDS and poverty programs. Tom owned one of the first contemporary art galleries in Chelsea and later served as president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2006, 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 a professor at New York University and a visiting professor at the New School. Healy studied at Harvard and Columbia. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and PEN International. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA