Poetry. Driven by the rhythms of everyday language and filled with details only a lifelong outsider registers, Gloeggler sheds light on a world habitually ignored. Covering the 35 or so years the poet has worked in group homes for the developmentally disabled and his relationship with his ex-girlfriend's autistic son, this book goes beneath the labels. No one's special or exceptional, cursed or looking for pity. It's just individuals with different talents and shortcomings trying to make it from one day to the next with maybe a little extra help. It's the frustrations, the tedium, the care and love, the well- earned dignity, the sense of helplessness that sometimes overwhelms and the rare epiphanies. It's all about connections, commitments and bonds and realizing that we are more like each other than we're ever comfortable to admit.
Tony Gloeggler was born in Brooklyn and lives in Queens. He's managed a group home for developmentally disabled men in Boerum Hill for over 35 years. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His chapbook, One on One, received the 1998 Pearl Poetry Prize. Pavement Saw Press published his first full length collection, ONE WISH LEFT, in 2002. My Other Life was published by Jane Street Press in 2004, and Greatest Hits: 1984-2009 was put out by Pudding House in 2009. THE LAST LIE was published in 2010 by NYQ Books, followed by UNTIL THE LAST LIGHT LEAVES in 2015. Bittersweet Editions has recently published a collaboration between Tony and photographer, Marco North, titled Tony Come Back August.Author City: Richmond Hill, NY USA