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The End of Dreams: Poems

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"These poems are luminous and transformative. Poem after poem is quietly breathtaking, whether telling of his father's role as a civil defense leader in 'doomsday' drills in the fifties, or writing of Cezanne's experience of light at the end of a misbegotten day. Many of these poems tell wonderful narrative stories, others offer glimpses into the minutiae that make up meaningful lives."
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The End of Dreams is a celebration of the human capacity for adaptation amid the cycles of loss and renewal that characterize our intimate lives. Floyd Skloot mixes dramatic monologue with meditative and narrative verse in poems that explore family experiences, the lives of artists, historical crisis, love, nature, illness, and sudden, unpredictable change. The poet describes moments rich in complexity: when a grandfather's intentional loss at cards is really a victory of love; when Flannery O'Connor's waxing and waning illness becomes a merciful strengthening of her faith in death and resurrection; when dreams and reality merge for a man in his final seconds of life. Musical, sometimes funny, sometimes deeply poignant, twining nostalgia with a hard-earned acceptance of the present, these accessible, emotional poems probe the power of our transformative imagination.

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"Skloot never leaves himself or the reader floundering in despair; he always comes back to the beauty of life where he finds hope and inspires the reader to do the same." Oregonian

Synopsis:

Award-winning Skloot's fifth collection is a celebration of the human capacity for adaptation amid the cycles of loss and renewal that characterize our intimate lives.

About the Author

Floyd Skloot has published four previous books of poems, including Approximately Paradise, winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and The Fiddler's Trance; three novels; and an essay collection. His two memoirs are In the Shadow of Memory, a finalist for a PEN American Center Literary Award and winner of the Independent Publishers Book Award, and its sequel, A World of Light, named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. He lives in Amity, Oregon. For more information, visit www.floydskloot.com.

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ISBN:
9780807131176
Author:
Skloot, Floyd
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20060431
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
9.02x5.98x.18 in. .24 lbs.

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Product details 56 pages Louisiana State University Press - English 9780807131176 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"These poems are luminous and transformative. Poem after poem is quietly breathtaking, whether telling of his father's role as a civil defense leader in 'doomsday' drills in the fifties, or writing of Cezanne's experience of light at the end of a misbegotten day. Many of these poems tell wonderful narrative stories, others offer glimpses into the minutiae that make up meaningful lives."

"Review" by , "Skloot never leaves himself or the reader floundering in despair; he always comes back to the beauty of life where he finds hope and inspires the reader to do the same."
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning Skloot's fifth collection is a celebration of the human capacity for adaptation amid the cycles of loss and renewal that characterize our intimate lives.
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