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Selected Poems: 1970-2005by Floyd Skloot
Frankly, Floyd Skloot deserves to be better known. His lovely poems, many dealing with subjects made familiar to his readers through nonfiction books such as In the Shadow of Memory, are rigorous and technically brilliant. He writes with equal and telling passion of Whitman's involvement in a baseball game in the 1860s and the appearance of the last tsar of all the Russias in his backyard in the 1980s. Skloot is often depicted as a New Formalist. This fine collection of deeply moving work demonstrates that he is that and much more: a gifted poet writing at the height of his not inconsiderable powers.
"Selected Poems is a brave, generous collection, an apt testimonial to three decades of intense commitment to the world through the medium of the written word. At first glance, these poems are quiet and unassuming, barely whispering in a world of belligerent pyrotechnics. But, a close reading grants great rewards. Every word is attended to in Skloot's poetry, every phrase, every line. These poems are taut and vibrating, perfectly balanced. Nothing is superfluous, everything is intentional. Each of these poems is a gem, perfectly crafted and totally capturing both the reader's heart and mind." Chris Faatz, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
"A poet of singular skill and subtle intelligence"(Harvard Review), Floyd Skloot has attracted a wide audience for his singular skill at writing poetry that lingers; his words are intimate, wise, and deeply affecting. While including the finest of his earlier poetry, Selected Poems concentrates on his work over the last two decades, a period defined by life-changing illness, deep love, years of living in the remote woods of western Oregon, and a passionate exploration of the meaning of memory, the power of creative impulse, and the mysterious places where dreams and reality meet.
"[Floyd] Skloot continues to be a highly disciplined poet, confronting chaos to capture and tame his enemy. There is ferocity living in his forms, coexisting with the sweetness of vanquishing sentiment." Prairie Schooner
Poetry. Born in Brooklyn in 1947, Floyd Skloot has written five books of poetry, three memoirs, and three novels. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, Poetry, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, and most of the leading journals in this country as well as overseas. He is a winner of the Emily Clark Balch Prize in Poetry from Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. Floyd Skloot's memoir, In the Shadow of Memory, won the PEN Center USA Literary Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, and was named one of the best books of 2003 by the Chicago Tribune. "[Floyd] Skloot continues to be a highly disciplined poet, confronting chaos to capture and tame his enemy. There is ferocity living in his forms, coexisting with the sweetness of vanquishing sentiment"--Prairie Schooner.
About the Author
Born in Brooklyn in 1947, Floyd Skloot has written 7 books of poetry, three memoirs and three novels. His poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Poetry, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, and many more journals and several anthologies. Winner of the Emily Clark Balch Prize in Poetry from Virginia Quarterly Review, Emily Dickinson Award from Poetry Society of America.
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