A Moveable Famine

A Moveable Famine

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By John Skoyles

ISBN 9781579623623


This is the story of a boy from working class Queens who discovers poetry, an unlikely obsession that leads him from a Jesuit college's all male, sex-starved campus to the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and then to the Iowa Writers Workshop. He makes up for his previous lack of romance while at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and goes on to teach at two colleges, with a stay at Yaddo in between. John crosses paths with Raymond Carver, Robert Creeley and John Cheever, and receives guidance from mentors like Stanley Kunitz and strangers like Allen Ginsberg. A Moveable Famine is, ultimately, the portrait of an individual and an age. Above all, it is a book about identity.

John Skoyles is the author of six books of poems, A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul; The Situation; Suddenly It's Evening: Selected Poems; and Inside Job: New Poems. He has also published five books of prose: Generous Strangers; Secret Frequencies: A New York Education, A Moveable Famine, The Nut File and Driven. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, The Atlantic, and others. He has been awarded two individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the New York State and North Carolina Arts Councils. He is the poetry editor of Ploughshares.