The Situation

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The Situation addresses a wide array of subjects and concerns, among them, the deaths of close friends; neglected lives; and the struggles of love. Spiritual issues are also raised in poems that deal with and confront a deity. Another dimension of the collection comes from poems that are seriously at play with contemporary, historical and literary figures such as Emma Lazarus and Charles Schwab. A line from the title poem probably best summarizes the tone of the book: "That's ...

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Overview

The Situation addresses a wide array of subjects and concerns, among them, the deaths of close friends; neglected lives; and the struggles of love. Spiritual issues are also raised in poems that deal with and confront a deity. Another dimension of the collection comes from poems that are seriously at play with contemporary, historical and literary figures such as Emma Lazarus and Charles Schwab. A line from the title poem probably best summarizes the tone of the book: "That's life, isn't it, death?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484728
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN SKOYLES is the author of three previous books of poetry; a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education; and Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essays. His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils. He teaches at Emerson College in Boston.

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Table of Contents

Lottery
The Wish Mind
No Name for It
Whisper
Elegy
After a Death
In the Hospital
Apostrophe S
Ash
Ledger
Academic
Song of the Lost and Found
Fishing
Great Hollow Beach
Three Shards

Thou Sayest
The Garden
Lilacs
The Boy Whose Parents Drink
Mrs. Bristol and the Sailor
Speak
St. Bartholomew's Church
Giovanni Bertolotti
The Ghost of Emma Lazarus
Symptomatic
The Daughters of the Ticket Taker
Loves Me Not
In the Radiation Oncology Waiting Room
Prayer Without a God
Something
The Healer
The Situation

I Dreamt I Went to Hell With Charles Schwab
Uncle Dugan
Uncle Grossman
I Think Continually of Those Not Asked to Dance
Ghazal: My Way
Aisle 8
After Petrarch
Warmest Personal Regards
Tinnitus
Gardenia
Initials Written on a Screen Door in Dew
In the Air
Nothing More
Fate
Two Weeks in August
Here Comes One Now
Addendum

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