Poetry. Thomas Zemsky draws on a lifetime of observation and five decades of writign poetry in this expansive survey of themes as diverse as a presidential inauguration and a letter from Frankenstein's creature, with a horse on a ladder and a cast of other memorably improbable characters along the way, all served up in language that is delightfully quirky and often subversively wry.
Thomas Zemsky was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1947. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Since 1976 he has made his home in Lexington, Kentucky where he worked for many years for the International Book Project. Now retired, his favorite pastimes include listening to jazz on LP records, Latin American and modern literature, and movies according to the auteur theory. He believes that poetry, first and foremost, is metaphor. He is the author of three previous full-length poetry collections, AFTER THE STORM (Broadstone Books, 2016), A NEW SCHOOL OF DESIGN (Broadstone Books, 2022), and ELEPHANT (Broadstone Books, 2016), and his poetry has been featured in the Cincinnati Review and Sewanee Review among others.