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Chance Divine Paperback – March 31, 2017
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"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." (Vijay Seshadri)
"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." (Anne Marie Macari)
"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." (Wayne Miller)
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, he served as the June 2015 Artist in Residence at the CERN Particle Accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2015 he was awarded one of eight American Academy of Arts & Letters Awards for exceptional accomplishment in writing. He and his wife Sarah Gorham cofounded Sarabande Books, for which he serves as president of the board of directors and editorial consultant. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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