Chance Divine

Chance Divine

by Jeffrey Skinner


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997335514
Publisher: Oberlin College Press
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

JEFFREY SKINNER is the author of six previous books of poetry, most recently Glaciology (2013), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Award; Salt Water Amnesia (2005); and Gender Studies (2002). The winner of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry

Table of Contents

1 Genesis 3

2 Alien Valley

Full Size Rendering 19

The Bookshelf of the God of Infinite Space 20

Jenny, Maybe 21

Six Beginnings to a Poem for [shah-day] 22

Women 24

When We're Done Writing About the Self 25

Let's Say in a Room by Yourself You Turn Slowly 26

So Say We All 27

Lots of Interest 28

The Deal 29

Anesthesia 30

Aphoristica 31

B-B-B-B-B-B-Books 32

Dinghy 33

The Flood 34

Another Brooklyn Reading 35

The Monster 36

To Do 37

The Idea of Jane at Key West 38

Distant Wants 39

Moral 40

Wanting 41

Tintinnabula 42

A Birth 43

Superman Attempts Rescue of Philosophical Dilemma, Fails 44

A Life of the Mind 45

The Playwright 46

Works 47

My Belle Epoch 48

The Speech 49

The Body Is Necessary But Not Sufficient 50

Sick Child in Midwinter 51

Soldiers & Dinosaurs on the Kitchen Floor 52

O Death 53

The Eschatologist Dreams His Children Going In and Out of Many Rooms 54

Icon 55

Terrors of the Night 56

Alien Valley 57

3 Revelation 61

Notes 73

Acknowledgments 75

What People are Saying About This

Vijay Seshadri

"Jeffrey Skinner has a metaphysical thirst so large and fierce and energetic that it can only slake itself in the ocean of language. And that is what it does in these amazing poems, which are amazing both for their complexity and sophistication and their buoyant clarity and immediacy."

Wayne Miller

"From its opening poem, “Genesis,” to its closing poem, “Revelation,” Jeffrey Skinner’s Chance Divine swings between blasphemy and reverence, playfulness and dark seriousness, performance and intimacy, the cerebral and the visceral. Inside these arcs we find wild and often visionary arrivals at self-understanding and -assessment—sometimes through razor-sharp observation of the external world, sometimes through a probing of the interiors of memory and emotion. This is a dizzying, singular, and utterly masterful collection."

Anne Marie Macari

"Jeffrey Skinner shatters our narratives and then rearranges them with stunning imagination and wisdom. His poems are part physics, philosophy, religion, and part master storytelling—but they’re all poetry. Here, creation is a wrestling act between the sublime and the everyday. Or it’s a non-sequitur leaping from idea to idea. In the final section, “Revelation,” Skinner is a contemporary Dante confronting death, dare I say experiencing death, in a multidimensional tour-de-force that left me dazed and grateful. It is rare and exciting to come across a book this original, this alive, this knowing. These poems aren’t about—they simply are—and they are what poems are meant to be—Chance Divine."

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