Run the Red Lights is the third collection from poet and teacher Ed Skoog, whose lyrics are especially transcendent in this book. These poems, written in Skoog’s first year as a parent, delve into music, memory, and a tumbling rush of delightful sound, acutely noticing what is missing or transforming: solitude, privacy, public spaces, rock music, the climate.
“Ed Skoog is a master of mischief and misdirection … I find a unique alchemy in this book: a deep sadness combined with broad humor, and most of all a sense that I’m being allowed to see a poet watching himself in the midst of evolving, captured in motion like a series of time-lapse photographs.” —Prairie Schooner
“Skoog [is] fashioning a poetry that fluctuates and ripples as incessantly as open water.” —Boston Review
“Ed Skoog’s poetry is so ambitious it takes my breath away.” —The Stranger