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The Skiers

by Jill Bialosky

Part of our Arc International Poets series

The Skiers: Selected Poems is a selection from Jill Bialosky's three published collections. Drawing on her experiences of childhood and adolescence, of childbirth and death, of motherhood, love and sexuality, she creates poems that are at once moving, unflinchingly honest and marked by a consummate technical skill.

Jill Bialosky is the poet of the secret garden, a place, at once, of grace and sadness. The sense of modesty, or reticence, of lingering, even of horror, in these poems, serves to surround and hold in tension, as it were, her quiet realism and the precision of her language. The word that comes to mind when I read this book is 'courageous'. These are courageous poems.

Gerald Stern (on The End of Desire)

Jill Bialosky's second book of poems, Subterranean, ... fully establishes her voice: poignant, perilous, overwhelmingly aware of the extent to which our lives, inner and outer, are deflected by contingency, and by drives of love and death that govern us.

Harold Bloom (on Subterranean)

Intruder is a powerful work that combines an inquiry into the depths of passion with the details of ordinary life...I read this book in wonder.

Grace Schulman (on Intruder)

ISBN: 978-1904614-43-2 (pbk), 978-1904614-93-7 (hbk)

Dimensions: 138 x 216
Pages: 144
Published January 2010

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