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 is the author of three chapbooks and seven previous full-length collections. His most recent work is THIS IS WHERE I LIVE I HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO (Off the Grid Press, 2020), [q / lear], a chapbook from Green Linden Press, and SKIN MUSIC, winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. His previous books include 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). Other awards include the 2015 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary for Electrocution, A Partial History as well as the 2016 Third Coast Poetry Prize and a 2014 Best of the Net Award. New work of his can be found in two anthologies from Michigan State University Press, Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, and RESPECT: An Anthology of Poems on Detroit Music. From May 2017 - April 2019, he served as the first Poet Laureate of the Greater Lansing [MI] area.Author City: LANSING, MI USA