Poetry. SKIN MUSIC seeks provisional Edens of being and knowing across a spectrum of ever-changing—flooded, flooding—landscapes. The central motifs, skin and music, are lenses to this inquiry as the poems branch out from a Midwest river town ethos, the geography of family and the breakdown of the local body to the larger, more permanent skins of poetry, art and music. The poems "try on" dialysis and Celan, they "try on" Kline and Parkinson's, they reach out against the shutting down of each moment 600 years into a future built on the chords of a John Cage composition. Lyrical and driven, they strive for that shared human desire of residence in a believable, knowable place.
Dennis Hinrichsen's most recent work is THIS IS WHERE I LIVE I HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO (Grid Books/Off the Grid Press, 2020), winner of Grid Poetry Prize for 2020. His previous publications include [Q/LEAR] (Green Linden Press, 2019), SKIN MUSIC (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press, Rip- tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize), Kurosawa's Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize), and Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights (1999 Akron Poetry Prize). He has new poems appearing and/or forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, American Poetry Journal, Canary, I-70 Review, MacQueen's Quinterly, The Maine Review, The Night Heron Barks, Triggerfish Critical Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. From May 2017 - April 2019, he served as the first Poet Laureate of the Greater Lansing [MI] area.Author City: LANSING, MI USA