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    Gloria Mindock
    Jul 12, 02:34pm

    Cervena Barva Press Announces a New Book
    "The White Cypress" by Judith Skillman

    Judith Skillman is the author of thirteen full-length books of poetry. Her collection, Heat Lightning: New and Selected Poems 1986- 2006 was published by Silverfish Review Press. She is the recipient of an award from the Academy of American Poets for Storm , Blue Begonia Press, 1998. She has also received grants from King County Arts Commission and Washington State Arts Commission.

    In Judith Skillman's new collection, The White Cypress , vivid imagery combines with raw emotion to investigate the seven deadly sins: gluttony, fornication, avarice, anger, vanity, sorrow, pride, and discouragement. There is wiggle room within and across these categories, the categories themselves have been revised by history. Skillman organizes her quest for both the causes and effects of human sin under three headings: "Lustful Appetite," "Irascibility," and "Intellect." In poems ranging from domestic to ekphrastic to naturalistic, human nature is explored. The natural world plays a strong role. The pastoral is woven into "Golden Pheasant," "The Goats and the Blackberries," "Washington Harbor," "The Plow Horses," and other work.

    According to John Amen, editor of Pedestal Magazine , Skillman writes "narratives, portraiture and commentaries infused with palpable imagesÂ…" Katherine Soniat comments: "Skillman's world is strangely fluid, yet layered with complexities that compliment one moment and subtly contradict the next. "The White Cypress" asks us to ponder the residual problems of naming (our) 'sins.'"

    ISBN: 978-0-9831041-2-4 / 67 Pages /Poetry

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