New Release Books by Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot is the author of Far West (2019), Approaching Winter (2015), Revertigo (2014), Close Reading (2014), The Best American Science Writing 2011 (2011) and other 17 books.

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Far West

release date: Oct 02, 2019
Far West
Floyd Skloot’s Far West intertwines the past and present, as time alternates between racing and standing still. Crafting poems that confront memory lapses and painful recollections, Skloot traces his moments of purest perception and expression: his wife practicing music, his daughter finding delight in the presence of wildlife, Vladimir Nabokov able to lose himself when playing goalie in a soccer match. A poem about a forgotten word or name can lead to one about a song that refuses to stop playing over and over in our minds, or to an evocation of a long-dead futuristic novelist who comes back from the afterlife to find a world even stranger than any he imagined. In poems that range from traditional forms and short lyrics to longer narratives and free verse, Skloot explores how emotional experiences—memory and forgetting, love and loss, reverie and urgent attention—all come together in our search for coherence and authentic self-expression.

Approaching Winter

release date: Oct 05, 2015
Approaching Winter
Floyd Skloot’s seven previous poetry collections include The End of Dreams, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and The Snow’s Music. His work has won three Pushcart Prizes and the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Revertigo

release date: Mar 17, 2014
Revertigo
One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo is Skloot’s account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and appropriately off-kilter form. This intimate memoir—tenuous, shifting, sometimes humorous—demonstrates Skloot’s considerable literary skill honed as an award-winning essayist, memoirist, novelist, and poet. His recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt further musings on the forces of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading, acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of postvertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England, and even to a place known only in his mother’s unhinged fantasies, Skloot makes sense of a life’s phantasmagoric unpredictability. Finalist, Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction, Oregon Book Awards

Close Reading

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Close Reading
Close Reading illuminates moments in life when everything changes or comes into focus. Its poems of love, illness,artistic endeavour, spiritual and emotional awakening embrace taking time and contemplating deeply the flow of sensory experience. This lucid foray into encounters with artists and writers such as Cezanne, Paul Klee, John Donne, Robert Frost, or Floyd Skloot's mentor Thomas Kinsella, as well as family life, vertigo, and resonant personal places is a gentle, kind and inspiring journey.

The Best American Science Writing 2011

release date: Sep 27, 2011
The Best American Science Writing 2011
Edited by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer and New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and her father, Floyd Skloot, an award-winning poet and writer, and past contributor to the series, The Best American Science Writing 2011 collects into one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Culled from a wide variety of publications, these selections of outstanding journalism cover the full spectrum of scientific inquiry, providing a comprehensive overview of the most compelling, relevant, and exciting developments in the world of science. Provocative and engaging, The Best American Science Writing 2011 reveals just how far science has brought us—and where it is headed next.

The Wink of the Zenith

release date: Sep 01, 2008
The Wink of the Zenith
The author of In the Shadow of Memory and A World of Light uncovers a unique and telling perspective on the forging of a writer's individual sensibility in a memoir that explores fundamental questions about how life shapes the creative spirit and how the writer makes sense of it all.

The Snow's Music

release date: Jan 01, 2008

Patient 002

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Patient 002
At forty-one Sam is a successful, active, single father who contracts a virus that leaves him disabled, and when he offers to be a subject for a new drug, he finds love in an unexpected place.

The End of Dreams

release date: Apr 01, 2006
The End of Dreams
The End of Dreams is a celebration of the human capacity for adaptation amid the cycles of loss and renewal that characterize our intimate lives. Floyd Skloot mixes dramatic monologue with meditative and narrative verse in poems that explore family experiences, the lives of artists, historical crisis, love, nature, illness, and sudden, unpredictable change. The poet describes moments rich in complexity: when a grandfather’s intentional loss at cards is really a victory of love; when Flannery O’Connor’s waxing and waning illness becomes a merciful strengthening of her faith in death and resurrection; when dreams and reality merge for a man in his final seconds of life. Musical, sometimes funny, sometimes deeply poignant, twining nostalgia with a hard-earned acceptance of the present, these accessible, emotional poems probe the power of our transformative imagination.

A World of Light

release date: May 14, 2014
A World of Light
From the winner of the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction In his award-winning memoir "In the Shadow of Memory," Floyd Skloot told the hard story of coming to terms with a brain-ravaging virus. "A World of Light," written with the same insight, passion, and humor that distinguished the earlier volume, moves Skloot's story from the reassembly of a self after neurological calamity to the reconstruction of a shattered life. More than fifteen years after a viral attack compromised his memory and cognitive powers, Skloot now must do the vital work of recreating a cohesive life for himself even as he confronts the late stages of his mother's advancing dementia. With tenderness and candor, he finds surprising connection with her where it had long been missing, transforming the end of her life into a time of unexpected renewal. At the same time, Skloot and his wife are building a rich new life at the center of a small isolated forest on a hillside in rural Oregon, where a dwindling water supply and the bitter assaults of the weather bring an elemental perspective to his attempts to make himself once more at home in the world. By turns poignant, funny, and frightening, "A World of Light" balances the urgency to capture fragmented, fleeting memories with the necessity of living fully in the present.

Approximately Paradise

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Approximately Paradise
Winner of the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award and described by the "Harvard Review" as "a poet of singular skill and subtle intelligence," Skloot's poetry is eloquent with a sheer, primal power. Those discovering him for the first time will find themselves in the hands of a master.

Cream of Kohlrabi

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Cream of Kohlrabi
Presents short stories told through the eyes of characters searching for connection and intimacy as they face physical and emotional struggles.

In the Shadow of Memory

release date: Sep 01, 2004
In the Shadow of Memory
In December 1988 Floyd Skloot was stricken by a virus that targeted his brain, leaving him totally disabled and utterly changed. In the Shadow of Memory is an intimate picture of what it is like to find oneself possessed of a ravaged memory and unstable balance and confronted by wholesale changes in both cognitive and emotional powers. Skloot also explores the gradual reassembling of himself, putting together his scattered memories, rediscovering the meaning of childhood and family history, and learning a new way to be at home in the world. Combining the author?s skills as a poet and novelist, this book finds humor, meaning, and hope in the story of a fragmented life made whole by love and the courage to thrive.

Floyd Skloot Greatest Hits

release date: Jan 01, 2001

The Fiddler's Trance

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Fiddler's Trance
Poet, essayist, and novelist Floyd Skloot continues his exploration of human resilience in 'The Fiddler's Trance', his third full-length collection of poems. Skloot's poems investigate the phenomenon of sudden change in our lives, when all we understood about ourselves and our worlds is called into question and we must find a new way of seeing.

The Evening Light

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Evening Light
Well-known in the Pacific Northwest for his diverse writing talents, Skloot has crafted another book that will be as highly praised as his others. The beautifully crafted poems in this collection probe the depths of extended illness, of love, of perseverance in the face of disaster, of the healing power of music and of art. The Evening Light illuminates the importance of the things that give us strength. Floyd Skloot, recipient of the 1996 William Stafford Award, is a novelist, poet, and essayist. His memoir, The Night Side: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Illness Experience, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He lives in Amity, Oregon.

Music Appreciation

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Music Appreciation
Poems move from a troubled childhood through an adulthood shadowed by that childhood

The Open Door

release date: Jan 01, 1997
The Open Door
It is the late 1930s when Myron Adler and Faye Raskin - the most mismatched couple imaginable - meet and marry. Myron owns a live poultry market in the Brooklyn Battery and Faye, the haughty and pretentious daughter of a well-to-do Manhattan jeweler, leads a fantasy life filled with high-class suitors. Through the 40s and 50s, as the Adlers raise two sons, their difficulties erupt in troubling, sometimes violent ways. The Open Door, Floyd Skloot's powerful third novel, traces how Richard and Daniel Adler respond to a home environment of physical and emotional abuse and grow up to become radically different men. With candor and precision, Skloot captures the nuances of second-generation Jewish immigrant life. He skillfully presents the pulse of mid-century Brooklyn - where the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Mad Bomber, Mafia heavies and two-bit boxers populate a world the Adler brothers struggle to comprehend.

Pilgrim's Harbor

release date: Jan 01, 1992

The Night-side

release date: Jan 01, 1996
The Night-side
A sublime, sometimes humorous collection of personal essays about Skloot's struggle with chronic illness: from experimental drug trials and exotic alternative medicine to redefining his lifelong love affair with baseball. Called one of the "season's best books" by New Age Journal. Deeply moving, filled with wonder and grief, ultimately hopeful.

Poppies

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Poppies
A collection of poems about the unexpected ways a life can be transformed through illness, passion, love and understanding. Poppies is an insightful poetic meditation on the American family.
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