Just Published: 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.”
“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
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– (Japan) Interview
INTERVIEWER (posing the question for the 6th time): Please tell us about Donald Trump’s hair.
SANDY (frustrated, not knowing what he wants): You see (pointing to picture of 18-year old Trump in the military school yearbook), here his
Sandy McIntosh was born in Rockville Centre, New York, and received a BA from Southampton College, an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD. from the Union Graduate School.
After working with children for eight years as a writer in the schools he completed a study of writers who taught in the program and how their work with children affected their own writing. The study, The Poets in the Poets-in-the Schools was published by the University of Minnesota press. He alternated teaching creative writing at Southampton College and Hofstra University with publishing nonfiction works, such as Firing Back (John Wiley 1997)
and computer software, such as Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! (Electronic Arts, 1986).Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! Has won many awards and remains a best-seller after 25 years.His original poetry in a screenplay won the Silver Medal in the Film Festival of the Americas. (John Wiley 1997), and computer software, such as Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! (Electronic Arts, 1986). Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! Has won many awards and remains a best-seller after 25 years. His original poetry in a screenplay won the Silver Medal in the Film Festival of the Americas. He was also editor and publisher of Wok Talk, a Chinese cooking bi-monthly and the author and editor of several Chinese cook books. Recently, The New York Times’ web edition published his poem “Cemetery Chess,” and an excerpt of his collaboration with Denise Duhamel appears on The Best American Poetry blog. He has been managing editor of Long Island University’s national literary journal, Confrontation, and is publisher of Marsh Hawk Press.
He has contributed journalism, poetry, and opinion columns to:
- The New York Times
- The Nation
- The Wall Street Journal
- American Book Review
- The Daily Beast
His first collection of poetry, Earth Works, was published by Southampton College in 1970, the year he graduated. He has since published many collections:
- Which Way to the Egress? (1974)
- Endless Staircase (1994)
- Between Earth and Sky (2002)
- The After-Death History of My Mother (2005)
- Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways to Escape Death (2007)
- 237 More Reasons to Have Sex (2009), (a collaboration with the poet Denise Duhamel)
- Ernesta, in the Style of the Flamenco (2010)
- Cemetery Chess: New and Collected Poems 2012
- His latest, A Hole in the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship was recently published.
his hair is in its embryonic stage. But as the years pass, it grows larger and brighter orange—larger, brighter—until finally, we’ll be able to see it from Tokyo! Over the Sea of Japan! We’ll see it at night! Even when we are asleep!
Watch Sandy McIntosh and Denise Duhamel read from 237 More Reasons to Have Sex.
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…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.”
– Cindy Meston