Travelers Leaving for the City

Ed Skoog

Forthcoming May 2020

Travelers Leaving for the City is a long song of arrivals and departures, centered around the murder of the poet’s grandfather in 1955 in a Pittsburgh hotel, exploring how such events frame memory, history and language for those they touch. The poems probe the anonymity of cities, and the crucible of travel. The historical impact of arousal, rage, regret, and forgiveness is seen in visions of interrogations and hotels. These poems explore how family bonds, and disruptions shape, the mind and language, all the while urging the reader to listen for traces of ancestors in one’s own mind and body.

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ISBN: 9781556595813

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About the Author

Ed Skoog was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1971. He is the author of three previous books of poems, Mister Skylight, Rough Day, and Run the Red Lights. His poems have appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow, a Lannan Foundation Marfa Residency Fellow, and writer-in-residence at George Washington University and the Richard Hugo House. He is a coordinator of the …

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