Today's poem is "Darwin's Marathon"
from Salt Water Amnesia

Ausable Press

Jeffrey Skinner has published four collections of poetry: Late Stars, A Guide to Forgetting, The Company of Heaven, and Gender Studies. His work has received wide recognition, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Howard Foundation. Currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville, he is also co-founder and editorial consultant for Sarabande Books.

Other poems by Cleopatra Mathis in Verse Daily:
January 8, 2003:  "The Climbers" "Poor men. On either side a green shield..."

About Salt Water Amnesia:

"'Battalions of the ravenous,' our other possible selves—discarded selves, the penumbra of lived and unlived lives that Pessoa-like surrounds and attacks as well as sings in our brains—find voice in Jeffrey Skinnerís beautiful new book. 'This life, enough for me' one poem ends, but the whole book denies it. In each personís skin, Skinner implies, live many imagined importunate identities, from 'The Prophet' to the man who finds that he has agreed to marry David Letterman. Good as the opening of the book is, by the time of 'Theories & Inventions' we know that we are in the hands of a master."
—Frank Bidart

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