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Suddenly, It's Evening : Selected Poems (Paperback)

Suddenly, It's Evening : Selected Poems (Paperback)

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"Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Alan Dugan described Skoyles's poems as "clear-eyed but passionate . sarcastic but grave . all at the same time." That description holds true for this selection of poems from his previous four books: A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul . and The Situation. The title . taken from the Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo . alludes to the temporal quality of existence . how one moves from sunlight to twilight in the course of a lifetime. And how those evening hours arrive suddenly . as if in no time at all."Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Alan Dugan described Skoyles's poems as "clear-eyed but passionate . sarcastic but grave . all at the same time." That description holds true for this selection of poems from his previous four books: A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul . and The Situation. The title . taken from the Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo . alludes to the temporal quality of existence . how one moves from sunlight to twilight in the course of a lifetime. And how those evening hours arrive suddenly . as if in no time at all. Praise for John Skoyles: "Economy . intuitively just-so pacing . extra-dry humor . humility . the sense that life doesn't get the rewards it merits . even as it doesn't deserve the punishments it suffers. Best of all for a poet . he's blessed with a perfect ear." --David Rigsbee "Skoyles projects a sharp sense of place and time in an original voice." --The Associated Press "His lyric . compassionate and observant poems simultaneously project a dignity and a modesty which is not quite like any other contemporary poet." --Puerto del Sol "Clear-eyed but passionate . sarcastic but grave . all at the same time." --Alan Dugan

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