Sleep Bringer

Sleep Bringer

by Daniel Ruefman
Sleep Bringer

Sleep Bringer

by Daniel Ruefman


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Ruefman's volume, Sleep Bringer, is raggedly emotional, humane, and accessible. Interrogating themes of parenthood, child loss, and disillusionment with the world around him, these poems journey to some desperate existential places as he, "the sleep bringer," seeks to keep his children safe in dangerous world where newborn infants can die inexplicably. Through these poems, this collection engages compassionately with frailty and loss, while still maintaining a generosity of spirit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735269740
Publisher: Wick Weald Publishing
Publication date: 05/08/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 65
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

Daniel Ruefman's poetry has been featured widely in periodicals, appearing most recently in Adelaide Magazine, Barely South Review, Burningword, Junto Magazine, Minetta Review, Red Earth Review, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, and The Wisconsin Poets Calendar, among others. He is the author of two collections of poetry and the founding editor of The HitchLit Review. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Table of Contents


Spontaneity 1

What are you having? 2

Sleep Bringer 3

Learning Under High Bridge 4

Lookout Ridge 5

Inbox Anger 7

There You Were (In Memory of Alistair) 9

Black Swing 11

Pulse 12

Broken 13

Beauty 16

Never Seen 18

Reflection of a Corpse 19

Socrates Had it Right 20

After Alistair 22

Another Child 23

Living Winter 25


Principled Dissent 28

Bodies 29

Canoeing Canaveral 30

Arthur 31

Remit & Renewal 33

Indecent 34

Phantom Sensation 35

Ephemeral Comprehension 36

Mind the Trolls 38

In the Shire 39

Commute 40

Wicker Woman 41


Standoff on a Hair Trigger 44

Virginia Napalm 45

The Carpet 46

Recycler’s Remorse 48

Danforth House (Savannah, GA) 49

Spring Again (age 8) 50

Everything in Its Place 51

White Noise 52

Rain 53

Tears of Johannesburg 54

Hitch 55

Beyond the Butterscotch 56

A telling reconciliation 57

Deserted City 58

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