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Rough Day Paperback – May 28, 2013

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Skoog’s first book, Mister Skylight (2009), earned the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Award and the Faulkner Society’s Marble Faun Prize. He has received various fellowships and residencies, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Montana. The poems in Skoog’s second book are remarkably uniform, most a page in length, with stanzas no longer than three lines, all with minimal punctuation. He deploys few verb forms. Diction is high and low. And these poems strive to blow the doors off the conventional lyric. Titles are dispensed with as the first line does double duty, and this is the most conventional of Skoog’s unconventional decisions. Even where the semblance of a narrative is apparent, without punctuation the poems read as a series of gestures; phrases stand on their own and gain meaning from and give meaning to their context. The uniformity gives a sense of unity, less of content than of a means to organize experience. “I am practicing that language of unfinishable sentences.” --Michael Autrey

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Ed Skoog: Ed Skoog was born in Topeka, Kansas, and earned his MFA at the University of Montana. His first book, Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon), was published in 2009. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications, and earned the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Award, the Faulkner’s Marble Faun Prize in Poetry, a fellowship with Bread Loaf, and residencies with George Washington University and the Richard Hugo House. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1556594348
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1556594342
  • Publisher : Copper Canyon Press; First Printing Edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
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