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I Offer This Container: New & Selected Poems

Jeffrey Skinner

ISBN: 978-1-910669-66-2

Page Count: 174

Publication Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cover Artwork: (photograph) “The Old Ways” by Thomas Shannon

About this Book

I Offer This Container: New & Selected Poems s a distillation of the forty plus years Jeffrey Skinner has dedicated to writing poems that have been delighting and provoking readers in the U.S. and around the world.  It includes essential work from six published volumes, beginning with his debut collection, Late Stars, from Wesleyan University Press in 1985.  Since then Skinner’s work has gathered many prizes and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, two fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and individual artist grants from the Howard and Ingram Merrill Foundations. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Poetry (Chicago), Slate Magazine, and many other journals, and his books have been winners in The National Poetry Series, the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Contest, and, in 2016, of the Field Poetry Prize.  
“The uniqueness of Jeffrey Skinner’s poems is that they are the products of a consciousness which refuses to be guiltless . . .  These poems, by their example, aspire for us all to that good which is spiritual vitality—in these times a necessity.”
Tess Gallagher
on A Guide To Forgetting
“Jeffrey Skinner is one of the finest of America’s younger poets . . .  Although it’s hard to make mortality new, Skinner’s thoughts on the subject are anything but hackneyed or didactic.  They shimmer with the mysteries one might expect of the soul itself.”
Alice Fulton
on The Company of Heaven

Author Biography

Jeffrey Skinner is a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, and in 2015 was given an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award.  Also the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry, his most recent collection, Chance Divine, won the Field Prize.  Other of his seven published volumes of poetry have been winners in the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Award and the National Poetry Series.  For more than forty years his poems have been appearing in such journals as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and The Yale and Paris Reviews.  Also a playwright, Skinner’s plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches at the University of Louisville, and helps run Sarabande Books, a literary press he co-founded with his wife, the poet Sarah Gorham. 

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