Today's poem is "Skate"
from Lie Awake Lake

Oberlin College Press

Beckian Fritz Goldberg is author of three previous books of poetry, Body Betrayer (1991), In the Badlands of Desire (1993), and Never Be the Horse (1999). She teaches in the MFA Program at Arizona State University in Tempe.

About Lie Awake Lake:

"Lie Awake Lake is made out of a brilliance of thought, of heart, and of language that we find only in the truest poetry. This fierce homage to the body and to the spirit reminds me of Ettie Hillesum's letters from the transit camp at Westerbork in the Netherlands in 1942-43; it is as relentless and unmediated as if it was letter or diaries, but it is song--come to give us human animals pleasure and to help us endure."
—Jean Valentine

"There is a lot to be said for saying things straight, especially if, like Beckian Fritz Goldberg, you have the ear of an angel and a wildly passionate regard for words. I love the world rendered in Lie Awake Lake because of how carefully the poet makes me feel at home there, makes me be part of that world. This is the intimacy of romanticism: an invitation to enter the landscape of these poems, breathtakingly beautiful and resolute in their conviction that words matter, especially in the face of randomness and moral collapse. I envy these poems."
—Bruce Weigl

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