A collection of poetry by John Skoyles.
About the Author
JOHN SKOYLES was born in New York City in 1949. His poems have appeared in many magazines including American Poetry Review, The Ark River Review, The Georgia Review and The Ohio Review. In 1973 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is Chairman of the Writing Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Table of Contents
This Business of Dying • In Memoriam • Evidence • If You Have an Enemy • A Little Faith • Guilt • Excuse for a Love Poem • Funerals Dear John • The Sadness of Music • Burlesque • Past Tense • Invective Against Blondes • Snowstorm in the Country • Home • The Passage • Knockout • No Thank You • I Don't Want To Hear Anymore About Love Nijinsky's Diary • Mime • A Mother's Love • Queens, New York • Kilcullen & Murray's • The Lovers • Sonny Liston • The Fo'c'sle • Man Working at O'Hare Airport • Doing Nothing in the Spring Longings • Saturday Night & Sunday Morning • The Lilies • Father Colombo • A Brief History of the Moon • Once or Twice • Falling Asleep • Hard Work • Close • Thank You • In The Depot • Conviction
What People are Saying About This
"John Skoyles' poems are both witty and very serious. He deals with the large contemporary contradictions in a language that is specific, original and bitingly clear. It is no accident that such urgent tensions as religious tensions, family tensions, political tensions and lovers' tensions, are sometimes put in the terms of a prize fight in which the winner and the loser are the same person. Skoyles' poetry is fascinating because he is clear-eyed but passionate, sarcastic but grave, all at the same time. His is an important new voice in American poetry."