Poetry. PRISONER OF THE SWIFTS treats themes of birth, creation, cosmology, and mortality with the lyricism and depth readers have come to expect from Skillman. Four sections weave a delicate tapestry, that of pedestrian lives overlaid and informed by the acrobatic flight of swifts. "Like Dickinson, another poet whose passionate imagination 'overflowed / the room' to embrace the whole universe, Skillman watches the aerial acrobatics of never-alighting swifts beyond her 'Victorian walls,' and discovers in them the strength of spirit to confront her own frailty and to celebrate a life 'that seeds and recedes.' These poems 'render in iridescence' the mortal lives, with their windows onto eternity, of us all"--Carolyne Wright.
Judith Skillman is the author of several books, including KAFKA'S SHADOW (Deerbrook Editions, 2017), THE HOUSE OF BURNT OFFERINGS (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2015), BROKEN LINES: THE ART & CRAFT OF POETRY (Lummox Press, 2013), The Phoenix: New & Selected Poems 2007 - 2013, PRISONER OF THE SWIFTS (Ahadada Books, 2009), CIRCE'S ISLAND (Silverfish Review Press, 2003) and RED TOWN (Silverfish Review Press, 2001). Judith Skillman was born in Syracuse, New York of Canadian parents, and holds dual citizenship. She is an amateur violinist, the mother of three grown children, and the 'Grammy' of twin girls. She holds a Masters in English Literature from the University of Maryland, and has taught at University of Phoenix, Richard Hugo House, City University, and Yellow Wood Academy. Ms. Skillman is the recipient of an Eric Mathieu King Fund Award from the Academy of American Poets for her book Storm (Blue Begonia Press), a King County Arts Commission (KCAC) Publication Prize, Public Arts Grant, and Washington State Arts Commission Writer's Fellowship. Two of her books were finalists for the Washington State Book Award (RED TOWN and PRISONER OF THE SWIFTS). A Jack Straw Foundation Writer in 2008 for poetry, and 2013 for fiction, Skillman's poetry has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has received the UK Kit Award, Best of the Web, and her work is included in Best Indie Verse of New England. Poems have appeared in Poetry, FIELD, Tampa Review, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Jewish American Poets, and other journals and anthologies. She has been a Writer in Residence at the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington, and The Hedgebrook Foundation. At the Center for French Translation in Seneffe, Belgium, she translated Belgian- French poet Anne-Marie Derèse.Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA