Salt Water Amnesia

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Salt Water Amnesia [Paperback]

Jeffrey Skinner
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Quiet, thoughtful, sympathetic, and mostly in prose, the meditations in Skinner's fifth volume reflect on middle age, on the death of his father, and on his year living by the Connecticut shoreline, where commuter trains shoot past shopping centers and whitecaps, and "all language moves out to sea." One series of prose poems uses ski lifts and Styrofoam cups to comment on improvement. Another series memorializes Skinner's father by alternating painful remembered events with bleakly comic, dreamlike (or Russell Edson-like) fantasies: "I sewed my father into a specially designed, handmade bear suit." Skinner has edited a volume of poems about alcoholism and recovery, and co-edits Kentucky's Sarabande Press. His prose poems may strive too hard for calm and resolve, dialing their language down too far; they work best when he permits himself anger or humor (as in "Day One," which makes fun of famous writers who resolve to compose one poem per day). Skinner's few lineated poems are the best in the book: "The Climbers," "Darwin's Marathon," and a few others find the verbal energy, and the bitterness kept in check, that distinguished his standout Gender Studies (2002) and remind followers how sharp this poet's language can be. (Sept.)
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Salt Water Amnesia is one of the most engaging and original collections of poetry I have read this year. -- The Louisville Courier-Journal

This is a book I can read over and over again, delighting in rediscovering its visions and tang of slat. -- Vermont Review of Books --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jeffrey Skinner, the current Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville, has published four collections of poetry with Graywolf Press, University or Miami and University of Chicago. He's received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ingram Merrill and Howard Foundations.
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