The first broad retrospective of August Kleinzahler's career, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City gathers poems from his major works along with a rich portion of new poems that visit different voice registers, experiment with form and length, and confirm Kleinzahler as among the most inventive and brilliant poets of our time. Travel - actual and imaginary - remains a passion and inspiration, and in these pages the poet also finds 'This sanctified ground / Here, yes, here / The dead solid center of the universe / At the heart of the heart of America.'
August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City in 1949. He is the author of many books of poems and a prose memoir, Cutty, One Rock. The Strange Hours Travelers Keep won the International Griffin Poetry Prize (2004), Sleeping It Off in Rapid City the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in San Francisco.