Published by Salmon Poetry
For more than thirty-five years Thomas Krampf has plotted an ecstatic trajectory through life, using poetry to save himself from the agonies of fear, love and his own schizophrenia, to ‘step over the platform’s clashing teeth’ and embrace the beauty of a fractured world. This Selected Poems also includes the essay ‘Perfecting the Art of Falling’, which charts the ongoing battle between creative vision and psychiatric intervention.
“It’s about time the reading public and the poetry world discovered Tom Krampf’s poetry. He is more attuned to the subtleties of mind and heart than most. His compassion is rare, and his ear for the music that binds word to word in a poem is unfailing.”
Margaret Gibson, National Book Award finalist
“This wild and strong book will remain capacious and revelatory.”
William Heyen, NBA finalist
Thomas Krampf has published five books of poems, including Poems to My Wife and Other Women (Salmon Poetry, 2007) and Taking Time Out: Poems in Remembrance of Madness (Salmon Poetry, 2004). He has read his work across the US, including on National Public Radio in New York and Buffalo. In 2001 he was awarded a teaching residency at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Ireland, and in 2005 Raymond Bozier translated his poem ‘Subway Prayer’ into French. Thomas now lives in south-western New York.