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?"
|Publisher:||Carnegie-Mellon University Press|
|Series:||Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)|
About 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.