Salt Water Amnesia

Jeffrey Skinner

Jeffrey Skinner’s poems come at the world from many different directions. Some of his poems are outrageous and very funny, while others take us with great tenderness and precision into the life of the human heart. By turns poignant, brainy, and hilarious, Salt Water Amnesia is a book that will surprise and delight.

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ISBN: 9781931337250

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ISBN: 9781931337243

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Reading the Bay

A calm water morning. After what was said on both sides.
Don’t you talk to me that way. My daughter.
We cannot speak, now, nor stand to touch.

The bay, covered with tiny script
Moving rapidly right to left. Words
Crossing over
One another, whole passages
Torn from an asylum diary. I lifted her

Body, a huge flailing penknife, into the car.

A seagull sits bobbing on the text. My brother.
It appears that, today at least, all language moves out to sea.

About the Author

Jeffrey Skinner has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, Fence, and many other journals.

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