portrait Photo, ŠJohn Mullennix, 2014


SLAG forthcoming from Main Street Rag, January 2015!

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In SLAG, Leslie Anne Mcilroy is operating on all cylinders. She packs her lines with hard syncopation — sharp, clear physical sensations stacked one on top of the other to create a tough, honest, often unforgiving landscape, a landscape dominated by the body, the human body. SLAG immerses us in the physical world — frank, sometimes brutal — dealing with both damage and survival, where pleasure and pain struggle against each other. These poems remind me of sexy, sassy blue songs amped with defiance and strength. They linger long after the last note.
Jim Daniels, author of Birthmarks, winner, 2014 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

SLAG is a book that dares you to be as honest in reading the poems as the author was in writing them. Nothing timid here — no retreat and no stingy reticence. Both scalding and beautifully considered, these poems move like something in pursuit, running after us. We all know how tempting it is to ignore those cracks in the foundation that refuse to be fixed, but we do so at the risk of falling through and living beneath ourselves. Mcilroy ignores nothing; living beneath, not an option. If life is sometimes hot grease in the face, SLAG holds the poems that still see everything and don’t flinch. — Tim Seibles, author, National Book Award Finalist, Fast Animal

Leslie Anne Mcilroy’s remarkable book is as tough and finely wrought as iron. SLAG is the hard-edged beauty of pool halls, strip clubs and rust, dive bars and miner’s dust. Desire looms large in these poems—these bodies on fire—laced with blood, spit and scars. They meet the most difficult subjects head-on and refuse to flinch: rape, abuse, illness, violence, near-death. But most of all, SLAG is a fiercely dazzling song of survival and strength — “a blessing on your lips you wipe away with a fist.” — Erika Meitner, author of Ideal Cities, winner, 2009 National Poetry Series Competition

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Select Online Poems, Interviews, Reviews & Videos

2014

 

Ides of March

Reading at Mac's Books, Cleveland

Four Poems: Cultural Weekly

My Girl — A Love Poem To Myself, Pittsburgh City Paper

Reading at Hemingway's,
May 2014 with Michele Battiste


 

2013

 

A Memory Almost as Wet

 

If You Still Want To Marry Me Now & Irreparable, Connotation Press

 

Love on the Mon, Pithead Chapel

Reading at Hemingway's,
June 18, 2013


"Protection" & "Tally Marks",
Misfit Magazine


"The Way Out," Pea River Journal

 

2012

“Red Dog” & “Body Memories,” Black Heart Magazine


“Just Say,” The Bakery


“Go Ahead, Spit,” Barnstorm


“Secrets,” The Red Room Company, Australia

"The Problem with Promises" in Redheaded Stepchild

"The Treasure" in decomP with audio

 

"15 Years After the Cage" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"My Dog" & "Liars & Barrooms, Poets & Promises" in FortyOunceBachelors

"Trying on Death" & "After Age & Poachers" in Fox Chase Review


Interview by Gregory Lawless on Liquid Like This

 

2011

"Uninvited" in Blinking Cursor

 

New Videos of New Yinzer Reading, October 2011


"Big Brain" from Rare Space on Amphibi

 

2010

Review Of Liquid Like This by Michele Battiste in Rattle

 

2009

Pics from Yawp, Carnival Poetica with Don Bertschman & Danny Morrow

 

2008

Performance videos from Liquid Like This book launch at The Thunderbird Cafe, July 2008

Pgh. City Paper review of Liquid Like This


Prosody Interview with Jan Beatty


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Contact Leslie at: lamcilroy@verizon.net
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