portrait Photo, ŠJohn Mullennix, 2014

SLAG leaves us with a girl near the horizon, heat rising behind her—a voice like sonic sound waves. She looks dead at you, her mouth shaped like a little O. You blink, and a woman looking like an older version of the girl stands in the girl’s place, heat rising behind her—a voice of sonic sound waves. The woman looks dead at you; her mouth shaped like an O. When you blink again, the girl holds the woman’s hand. The woman looks down on the girl. The girl looks up at the woman. They are not looking at you anymore. Their mouths are closed now. They turn their backs to you, holding hands, and they walk towards the horizon. Their forms surrounded in an orange glow. That’s all they leave you with, as they fade into light. — Curtis L. Crisler

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In SLAG, Leslie Anne Mcilroy is operating on all cylinders. She packs her lines with hard syncopation — sharp, clear physical sensations stacked one on top of the other to create a tough, honest, often unforgiving landscape, a landscape dominated by the body, the human body. SLAG immerses us in the physical world — frank, sometimes brutal — dealing with both damage and survival, where pleasure and pain struggle against each other. These poems remind me of sexy, sassy blue songs amped with defiance and strength. They linger long after the last note.
Jim Daniels, author of Birthmarks, winner, 2014 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

SLAG is a book that dares you to be as honest in reading the poems as the author was in writing them. Nothing timid here — no retreat and no stingy reticence. Both scalding and beautifully considered, these poems move like something in pursuit, running after us. We all know how tempting it is to ignore those cracks in the foundation that refuse to be fixed, but we do so at the risk of falling through and living beneath ourselves. Mcilroy ignores nothing; living beneath, not an option. If life is sometimes hot grease in the face, SLAG holds the poems that still see everything and don’t flinch. — Tim Seibles, author, National Book Award Finalist, Fast Animal

Leslie Anne Mcilroy’s remarkable book is as tough and finely wrought as iron. SLAG is the hard-edged beauty of pool halls, strip clubs and rust, dive bars and miner’s dust. Desire looms large in these poems—these bodies on fire—laced with blood, spit and scars. They meet the most difficult subjects head-on and refuse to flinch: rape, abuse, illness, violence, near-death. But most of all, SLAG is a fiercely dazzling song of survival and strength — “a blessing on your lips you wipe away with a fist.” — Erika Meitner, author of Ideal Cities, winner, 2009 National Poetry Series Competition

Select Online Poems, Interviews, Reviews & Videos


Kinetic Type To "The Treasure" with Jeff Zehner

"forge [fawrj, fohrj]" — Split This Rock Poem of the Week

The Nervous Breakdown Self Interview


Poem from SLAG — "Irreparable," Vox Populi


Review of SLAGCahoodaloodaling

Review of SLAGPittsburgh City Paper

Review of SLAGBlotterature

Interview with Blotterature

Review of SLAGPittsburgh Tribune Review

Review of SLAG — Poet William James

Poem from SLAG — "Purple Heart," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Sleepless — New Verse News, Nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize


Ides of March, Poetry Magazine

Reading at Mac's Books, Cleveland

Four Poems: Cultural Weekly

My Girl — A Love Poem To Myself, Pittsburgh City Paper

Reading at Hemingway's,
May 2014 with Michele Battiste



A Memory Almost as Wet


If You Still Want To Marry Me Now & Irreparable, Connotation Press


Love on the Mon, Pithead Chapel

Reading at Hemingway's,
June 18, 2013

"Protection" & "Tally Marks",
Misfit Magazine

"The Way Out," Pea River Journal



“Red Dog” & “Body Memories,” Black Heart Magazine

“Just Say,” The Bakery

“Go Ahead, Spit,” Barnstorm

“Secrets,” The Red Room Company, Australia

"The Problem with Promises" in Redheaded Stepchild

"The Treasure" in decomP with audio


"15 Years After the Cage" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"My Dog" & "Liars & Barrooms, Poets & Promises" in FortyOunceBachelors

"Trying on Death" & "After Age & Poachers" in Fox Chase Review

Interview by Gregory Lawless on Liquid Like This



"Uninvited" in Blinking Cursor


New Videos of New Yinzer Reading, October 2011

"Big Brain" from Rare Space on Amphibi



Review Of Liquid Like This by Michele Battiste in Rattle



Pics from Yawp, Carnival Poetica with Don Bertschman & Danny Morrow



Performance videos from Liquid Like This book launch at The Thunderbird Cafe, July 2008

Pgh. City Paper review of Liquid Like This

Prosody Interview with Jan Beatty


Email Leslie to Buy Rare Space or Liquid Like This

Contact Leslie at: lamcilroy@verizon.net
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