Emotional Traffic

Lyrical and unsentimental verse by a poet whose work “distills for us the texture of our own lives.”
-Daniel Halpern

“Sadoff slowly broods his books into being, and the reward for our wait is a beautifully sustained volume in which every poem seems necessary.”
-Virginia Quarterly Review

“Ira Sadoff’s quiet and beautiful work illuminates dark corridors of ardor and memory. Emotional Traffic is a moving and hopeful book in which the bewildering stuff of childhood is reclaimed and, in focused and vibrant language, the achievement of love is celebrated.”
-Louise Erdrich

Ira Sadoff was born in Brooklyn and educated at Cornell University and the University of Oregon. Sadoff’s poetry, short stories, and essays are widely published and anthologized. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Nation, among many others. His accolades include the Leonard Shestack Prize, the Pushcart Poetry Prize, and the George Bogin Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and multiple NEA and Guggenheim fellowships.

Sadoff has taught at the University of Virginia, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and Warren Wilson College. In addition, he served as poetry editor for several literary journals and co-founded the Seneca Review. He is currently the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.