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Knute Skinner

Knute Skinner lives in Clare.  His collection The Other Shoe won the 2004-2005 Pavement Saw Chapbook Award.  Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007, from Salmon, contained new work collected along with work taken from 13 previous books.  A memoir, Help Me to a Getaway, was published by Salmon in 2010.  A limited edition of his poems, translated into Italian by Roberto Nassi, was published by Damocle Edizioni, Chioggia, Italy, in 2011.   A collection, Concerned Attentions, was published by Salmon in 2013. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rain drums on the window.

He turns toward it

and there is her face,

its intense, unblinking stare.

 

He turns away, blinking,

and opens a beer.

He pours it in haste; the foam

takes its time settling.

 

He takes his time watching it settle.

Then crackles of sound follow streaks of light.

The overhead bulb dims, brightens, dims.

With two hands, he lifts the beer to his mouth.

 

When he looks again to the window,

there is no image.

The panes have been scrubbed clean

by barrages of rain.

 

But he knows it will be there again.

Or else at the bottom of his beer glass.

Or else in the passenger window

as he makes his compliant approach

 

for the daily drive to the grave

in spite of the weather.

 

 

 

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