Poetry. Judith Skillman's HEAT LIGHTNING: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1986-2006 brings together poems from collections spanning a twenty year career, as well as new poems gathered here for the first time. Combining the domestic with the natural to produce poems both lyric and narrative in their procedures, Skillman's signature presence is everywhere evident. "By the time you get to the new work, you will, as I did...feel fortunate to have spent these hours with a poet who knows every trick in the book yet never lets on that she's doing anything other than saying what's in her heart and now yours as well"--David Kirby, from the introduction. "Judith Skillman is a poet whose mind, memory and imagination appear more compelling than the mundane realities of her life. Her poems often include a kind of arrested motion that signals the clash of domestic chores with artistic contemplation"--Madeline DeFrees.
Judith Skillman is author of sixteen collections of poetry, including CAME HOME TO WINTER, PREMISE OF LIGHT, KAFKA'S SHADOW, HOUSE OF BURNT OFFERINGS, and The Phoenix: New & Selected Poems. She is the recipient of an Eric Mathieu King Fund Award from the Academy of American Poets for her book Storm (Blue Begonia Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, Nasty Women Poets, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Ms. Skillman has been a Writer in Residence at the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington. Her essays appear in Women on Poetry, edited by Carol Smallwood. A 'how to,' Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, was published by Lummox Press in 2013. She has taught humanities at City University and Yellow Wood Academy, and poetry at the Richard Hugo House. Her passion for collaborative translation can be seen in Hawai'i Review's poems of Macedonian Poet Jovica Eternijan, and in the chapbook Anne-Marie Derése in Translation & The Green Parrot (Ahadada Books). A Jack Straw Writer in 2008 and 2013, Judith's work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, the UK Kit Award, Best of the Web, and is included in Best Indie Verse of New England.
Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA