About the Book

Before, During, and After

Before, During, and After

November 2003
Trade Paperback · 120 Pages
$13.00 U.S. · €9.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781887128933
Soft Skull Press


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The title of Hal Sirowitz's new collection Before, During, and After, is all about the one word it elides: Sex. In this book, Sirowitz shares the ups and downs of his romantic history from adolescence to adulthood. Sometimes Hal strikes out, sometimes he gets lucky, but he kisses and tells in the inimitable Sirowitz style that has inspired hilarity and Hal-O-Mania from New York to Norway. And of course, his mother still has plenty to say on the subject.

About the Author

Hal Sirowitz is the Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and NPR's All Things Considered. Garrison Keillor has read Hal's work on NPR's Writer's Almanac, and he's been featured on PBS's The United States of Poetry. He is the author of Mother Said (Crown, 1996), which has been translated into several languages, and My Therapist Said (Crown, 1998). His poems have also been included on several audio compilations, including Poem Fone(Tomato Records), Relationships from Hell (Big Deal Records), Grand Slam: The Best from the National Slam(Nuyo Records). Recent anthologies in which Hal has appeared include Word of Mouth: Poems Read on NPR's All Things Considered (Vintage, 2003) and Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (WW Norton, 2002). Hal is the best-selling foreign author in Norway and Finland. He has worked as a special-education teacher in Queens for more than twenty years.