Skillman's poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Seneca Review, FIELD, Poetry, The Iowa Review, J Journal, Midwest Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Poets of the American West and other journals and anthologies. She is also the author of Broken Lines--The Art & Craft of Poetry.
"Skillman’s writing is complex and shrouded, driven by a speaker or speakers determinedly grasping for life or at least survival despite dread of a still-living and often undetectable adversary. In this way, House of Burnt Offerings invokes a vivid, contained, and upsetting poetic world that a reader agrees to enter, similar to the House of Mirrors at the small-town carnival."
--from The Pedestal Magazine's review of House of Burnt Offerings, by Ann Wehrman
New book forthcoming from Cherry Grove, an imprint of Wordtech Communications:
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House of Burnt Offerings
Pleasure Boat Studio
A Literary Press
201 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
House of Burnt Offerings threads strands of desire, loss, grief, and hope through daily rituals and yearly ceremonies, transforming ordinary life into a sacrament.
In this collection the house is the book and the poems are the offerings. The work contains elements of surrealism found in César Vallejo’s Trilce, and language in the poem “Die Kinder” echoes Vallejo’s stretched syntax.
In House of Burnt Offerings Judith Skillman makes everyday life the province of the tough questions she asks, and the lucid, restless, energetic and often stunning language that can surprise us with lines like “the sharp shears/of our smiling teeth.” Her imagery ranges from windfall apples to Kafka and everywhere between. In what this poet calls her “solitary watch” readers will encounter the intelligence and honesty of the real thing.--Brendan Galvin