Ira Sadoff is the author of seven earlier collections of poetry; a novel, Uncoupling; The Ira Sadoff Reader; and a book of criticism, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of American Culture. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He currently teaches in the M.F.A. program at Drew University, and serves as the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of English at Colby College in Maine. (Author photo by Selby Frame)
"Ira Sadoff’s True Faith both yearns for and calls into question the mechanisms for creating transcendence. He writes, 'we all have one breath, it’s the same breath' and our humanness drives us toward a myriad of sins. Each creates for himself a god, be it religious, artistic, economic or political, which brings miracles of beauty into his life. For this poet, imagination is what allows us to 'walk(s) away from the accident' and consequently metaphor-making is critiqued in its most natural home. For perhaps it too has been 'wired wrong.' These remarkable poems are ultimately profound and unflinching meditations on how to understand all that is lacking in a life remembered. This insightful and timely collection continues to secure his reputation as one of our preeminent poets."