Inside Job by John SkoylesInside Job by John Skoyles

Inside Job

byJohn Skoyles

Paperback | October 4, 2016

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The poems in Inside Job range from intensely autobiographical lyrics to brief historical portraits of literary figures like Grace Paley and Jorge Luis Borges, to obituaries of idiosyncratic characters such as heavyweight boxing contenders and inventors of candy bars. The tone is often wry, sometimes wistful, and always compassionate.

Praise for John Skoyles:

"For poems so full of linguistic playfulness, there is a surprising accuracy of perception." —The Georgia Review

"Wise, benevolent, witty." —Northwest Review

"Skoyles scrapes at the surface of everyday things and finds a wonderful strangeness just underneath."
—Harvard Review
JOHN SKOYLES is the author of four previous collections of poems, A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul and The Situation. He is also the author of the autobiographical novel: A Moveable Famine: A Life in Poetry; a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education; and Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essa...
Title:Inside JobFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887486142

ISBN - 13:9780887486142

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Table of Contents

My Fascist Grandmother
Dinnertime in Elmhurst Queens
Coal Bin
First Drink
Bachelor of Arts
He’s Had It
Best-Selling Poet Threatens My Love Life
Someone, Somewhere
Just Go
Grace Paley
Philosophy 101
The Human Canary
Spite Fence
Rhubarb, Rhubarb
Turkish Taffy
The Friday Night Fights
Music Appreciation
St. Bartholomew’s School
The Beech Forest
Say When: Stanzas on Cancer
After Tanikawa
Friday Night with My Dead Friends
In Memory of a Marriage
No Surprises
The List
Evolutionary Shenanigans
Portrait of a Portrait Painter
Da Vinci, De Gourmont, and Me
Inside Job
Christmas Special: Stanzas on Alzheimer’s
The Weaker the Wine