Jeffrey Skinner is the author of the poetry collections Salt Water Amnesia, Late Stars, A Guide to Forgetting, The Company of Heaven, and Gender Studies, and of The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir. He is also the editor of the poetry anthologies Last Call: Poems of Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance; and Passing the Word: Poets and Their Mentors. Cofounder of the literary publishing house Sarabande Books, he is an editorial consultant and the president of the board of directors.
“Few contemporary poets capture the severe lonelinesses of American manhood with such clarity and cold, honest wit as Jeffrey Skinner. ‘I have been hired by divine gangsters—’ he says, ‘Reason my work is invisible.’ I have admired his taut, strange work in book after book. He’s a pilgrim.”
“Wry and sad, friendly and serious, Skinner’s new work lets the poet and his readers see through, see around, and see past the real losses of adult life. The responsibilities of fatherhood, the force of artistic vocation, the prospect of global climate change, the unique properties of ice, and the burden of mourning all find a way through his sometimes laconic, always clear prose-poem blocks and well-honed free verse lines.”
“In Glaciology, Skinner’s perceptions often seem to balance on the very edge of unbeing. What is broken beckons to us, alive in the lens of his attention, constantly undone and remade in shifting, dazzling patterns. Funny, surprising, verbally sharp, and ruefully aware of danger at every turn, these poems shine with a fierce love of the world.”
Southern Illinois University Press