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My books are shown on the right: click on a book cover for more information and an excerpt. Most of my books are available from Small Press Distribution or Amazon. Here's my bio.

A few links

I've been anthologized in

I'm a co-author of The Grand Piano, an experiment in collective autobiography by ten writers identified with Language poetry in San Francisco.

mark(s) published four poems from To the Cognoscenti, my most recent book, in somewhat different form.

"Open Rebuke, Concealed Love" appeared in Letters of the Law and in an annual volume of Best American Poetry — along with this brief comment written for the volume.

Hear me reading and talking with fellow poet Ammiel Alcalay at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House.

I contributed to the early arts blog 5things, edited by James Huckenpahler:

Some responses

“One of the most extraordinary collections of poetry to have come my way during my lifetime.”
Harry Mathews on Four Strange Books

“An enormous book, aligned with a deepest sense of history and culture.”
Lyn Hejinian on Four Strange Books

“I feel fortunate to have been able to accompany Tom through his books for three decades now. I'd love to feel that we have another three to travel.”
Ron Silliman on To the Cognoscenti

“The world, as refracted through the lens of Tom Mandel's poetry, takes on the singularity of a new kind of order."
John Ashbery on Realism

a “magnificent poem, one that ‘holds the night between two pale fingers.’”
George Lakoff on Absence Sensorium

“Quiet, enriching, satisfying, sensuously intellectual & intellectually sensuous."
Pierre Joris on To the Cognoscenti

“A visionary poet... grave, circuitous journeys toward truth, knowledge, eternity.”
Cahners on Letters of the Law

“Relentless excursions out of our familiar “monochromatic desert of grasp” into the domain of discovery.”
Harry Mathews on Realism