A Northern Calendar

Ira Sadoff’s third book of poetry collects his most mature work so far. In an intense, wide-ranging meditative sequence, these poems chart the arrival and passage of the seasons, centering on time and location as the starting points for the imaginative act. The enlivening subject can be as local as ‘the path/ of the old railroad tracks, / /just before light,’ from ‘January: First Light,’ a brief but indelible poem of renewal; or as distant and desolate as ‘sunrise in the taiga,’ from Sadoff’s homage to Kurosawa. Each poem in this remarkably unified collection earns its emotion through enactment, as a singularly humane intelligence transforms the seen into the felt:

…And like the water
stirred against the lighthouse wall,
breaking up, wave after wave, we
forget ourselves. Learn our place.

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.