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The Evening Light
     

The Evening Light

by Floyd Skloot
 
Floyd Skloot's second full-length collection of poems examines the passion to survive and even thrive in the face of forces that seek to silence us. It finds its subjects in the fragile balance between health and illness, memory and oblivion, love and loss, isolation and communion. Using poetry's formal resources to shape the struggle against chaos, Skloot's work is

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Floyd Skloot's second full-length collection of poems examines the passion to survive and even thrive in the face of forces that seek to silence us. It finds its subjects in the fragile balance between health and illness, memory and oblivion, love and loss, isolation and communion. Using poetry's formal resources to shape the struggle against chaos, Skloot's work is at once clear-sighted and hopeful. The Evening Light shows that through true insight it is possible to find one's way through even the deepest of darknesses.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
It's extraordinary to pick up a book of poetry and become so engrossed in it that you can't put it down. The content, texture, and drama of Skloot's poems swiftly move the reader into a rich, suspenseful world. Skloot has suffered for over a decade from what is probably Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. Many of the poems in this slim volume deal with the devastating effects of this condition--but there is no trace of self-pity, no dwelling in the illness. Indeed, he is absorbed by the sensual, extravagant beauty of rural northwestern Oregon, where he lives: "We saw swash drench salt-fretted sandstone/ till the cliff seemed to shudder." Skloot describes the autumn foliage on a tree: "The slight/ sourwood leaves turn such brilliant/ scarlet it seems summer sun/ still smolders in the tree's heart." The first section of the book, devoted to wittily entertaining poems about artistic figures, is an absolute delight as well. Highly recommended.--Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The Evening Light is a collection of full-length poems examining the passion to survive and thrive in a world of forces seeking to silence our hopes, dreams, aspirations, and even our lives. Floyd Skloot masterfully employs poetry to show that through true insight it is entirely possible to make our way through even the deepest darkness and out into the light. Bittersweet Nightshade: It has been months since I could walk this far./At noon the fence row thick with bittersweet/nightshade flashes with summer sun. there are/no clouds, no fleeing deers, no swirls of breeze,/nothing I remember from the last time/I was here. Now I prop my cane against/a post, lying back where the long stems climb/and scramble over everything that rests//in their way. I love to see these blue stars./Their five points bend back to reveal a blunt/golden cone nestled in the heart of the leaf/where in this light long shadows run like tears./The wide yellow berries starting to run/toward red are the exact color of grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586540005
Publisher:
Story Line Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.26(d)

Meet the Author

After an attack of viral-induced brain damage -- "overnight, I was geezered," he recalls -- author Floyd Skloot persevered in his writing. His account of the ordeal, In the Shadow of Memory, was selected as a Summer 2003 pick in our Discover Great New Writers program.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Amity, Oregon
Date of Birth:
July 6, 1947
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1969; M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1971
Website:
http://www.floydskloot.com

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