Obsessional: Poetry for Performance

“Ernesta,” the drama of a 19th century Spanish pianist and murderer, “bursts with brilliance and sizzles with sass. An audacious, ravishing, syntactic marvel.”
— Denise Duhamel

“Obsessional” is remarkable for yoking an engaging Elizabethan literary detective story to a personal narrative about life as a grad school poet. Even more impressive than this set-up actually succeeding is the way McIntosh is able to tie compassion to  dagger-thrust humor.
— Brian Clements, Boog City


A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons' Apprenticeship

"These irresistibly amusing and engaging recollections of the author's encounters with the great and near- great artists and poets who washed ashore in the Hamptons has a special charm, as our intrepid protagonist plays unofficial chauffeur, therapist, straight-man and witness, always with retrospective self-awareness, insight and bittersweet gratitude."

— Phillip Lopate


Cemetery Chess, Selected and New Poems

“McIntosh's imagination is so vivid that the primary response to [his poetry] is delight.”

— American Book Review

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Ernesta, in the Style of the Flamenco

"In Ernesta, when McIntosh's title character declares: 'Music has pictures,' it instantly brings to mind this poet's astounding use of language that creates visual landscapes of great clarity. I've been an enthusiastic fan of previous books and recommend you get your hands on as many as you can. This may be the biased sentiment of a devoted fan, but Sandy: You rock!"

— Phoebe Snow

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The After-Death History of My Mother

"It really is gorgeous writing.... So much of it is just wonderfully lyrical and funny and moving. What a crazy/delicious world McIntosh invents."

— Lanford Wilson, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways To Escape Death

Sandy McIntosh’s poems are incisive, clever, sometimes cynical, sometimes political, but above all, comic. As the reviewer, I got my copy of Forty-Nine Ways as a freebie. (Eat your heart out.) But I would gladly pay money for it. In the interest of stimulating the economy, you should buy this book.

— Rebecca Spears, Sentence 6


Between Earth and Sky

“At any time the zany can burst out of the customary, the past out of the present. . . . For McIntosh, surprise is discovery of selfhood. His poems step back from actuality and reconsider what’s familiar. . . . He emphasizes the importance of ‘something real’ among ‘hallucinations.’ The journey from the predictable to the new defines these poems..”

— Frank Allen, American Book Review

237 More

237 More Reasons to Have Sex (collaboration with Denise Duhamel)

“Originally, I thought that we exhaustively compiled the list, but now I found that there should be some added..." wrote Cindy Meston, co-author of "Why Humans Have Sex," in the Archives of Sexual Behavior (Volume 36, Number 4, August 2007).

“Denise Duhamel and Sandy McIntosh have done just that in this delightful compendium that adds 237 more reasons. It's an exhaustive list, but it still doesn't exhaust all the possibilities. So be warned, you'll want to find some more.”

Other Titles Available at

  • Endless Staircase

  • Firing Back

  • Monsters of the Antipodes

  • Which Way to the Egress?

  • Earthworks

  • The Poets in the Poets-in-the-Schools

  • The Selected Poems of H.R. Hays