The Evening Light

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
From The Critics
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586540005
  • Publisher: Story Line Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Floyd Skloot
Floyd Skloot
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.

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"I live in a small round house in the middle of 20 acres of forest on a hillside in remote western Oregon. My wife, Beverly, built the place before we were together. The silence, the isolation, the beauty all around me, the lack of edges to the space we live in, and the intimacy with which we live are all powerfully inspiring for my work."

"I'm a lifelong baseball fan, having grown up in Brooklyn when the Dodgers were still there, having played through my freshman year in college, having dreamed of covering center field for the Dodgers."

"I delight in reading baseball books and studying stats. I have a growing collection of old-time baseball caps and usually wear one when I write."

"My daughter, Rebecca Skloot, is also a writer. She's published her science writing widely, has been an editor and teacher, and is currently working on a nonfiction book under contract with Crown Books."

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5
I An Inner Wind
Argenteuil, 1874 15
Glinka Dancing 17
Kokoschka in Love, 1914 18
Donizetti in a Coma, Bergamo, 1848 19
Manet in Late Summer 21
Seurat on the Vernal Equinox, 1891 23
Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec on the Way to Pere Tanguy's 24
II Bittersweet Nightshade
Oncogene 29
Brain Lesions 30
Bedridden 34
Bittersweet Nightshade 36
Self-portrait with 1911 NY Yankees Cap 37
Autumn Equinox 39
A Change of Weather 40
Channel 41
III The Proper Season
Critical Care 45
Her Game 46
Max at Table 47
Toomey's Diner 48
Visiting Hour 49
Terminal 50
Leakage 51
Memory Harbor 52
Evening Song 53
End Stage 54
The Breakers 55
IV Pure Gift
River Walk 61
The Winter Branch 62
Hurricane Watch 64
Near the End 66
Slievemore 67
Hop Fields in Winter 68
Day of the Rainbow 69
Protection Island 71
Swans in Galway Bay 72
V Daybreak
Seduction 77
Still Life with Eggs & Whisk 78
Sourwood Nocturne 79
Daybreak 80
Casserole 81
Frogs Returning Moon 83
The Gem 84
Flight 85
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