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Armies of Compassion

Longer I Wait, More You Love Me


The Shunt

Disaster Suites

Dear Dearly Departed

Landscapes of Dissent

The Straits

Syria Is in the World


Political Cactus Poems

Political Cactus PoemsPolitical Cactus Poems

Jonathan Skinner

Poetry | 2005 | 108 pages | $12.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9743181-1-0

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Skinner’s work engages the various meanings of life outdoors, in the shape of a changing response to questions posed by the environments the poet physically inhabits. In part, the poetry operates as an instrument of research into a particular natural environment or a geological formation or species. In exchange, it offers forms of life measured to particular places, an invitation to inhabit the evolutionary imagination of the senses and of those places. His first book-length collection, Political Cactus Poems, which stem from the poet’s life in the Southwest, challenges the pristine agenda of nature poetry by hybridizing themes from the lives of humans and cacti.


Download Little Dictionary of Sounds for free: poems written as echoes to recorded sounds, embedded as media (Quicktime) files in this pdf. Click on the title of each poem to hear the echoing sound.


Jonathan Skinner edits ecopoetics in Buffalo, NY where he misidentifies birds along the Niagara River. His chapbooks include Political Cactus Poems (Periplum Editions) and Little Dictionary of Sounds (RedDLines).

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