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Latticework [Paperback]

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Latticework by Judith Skillman

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Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2004
Publisher   Wordtech Communications
ISBN  1932339019  
ISBN13  9781932339017  

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More About Judith Skillman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Judith Skillman is the author of twelve books, including BROKEN LINES: THE ART & CRAFT OF POETRY (Lummox Press, 2013), The Phoenix: New & Selected Poems 2007 - 2013, PRISONER OF THE SWIFTS (Ahadada Books, 2009), CIRCE'S ISLAND (Silverfish Review Press, 2003) and RED TOWN (Silverfish Review Press, 2001). Her poetry has appeared in Field, The Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Poetry, Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner. The recipient of an award from the Academy of American Poets for her book Storm (Blue Begonia Press, 1998), she has also received a King County Arts Commission (KCAC) Publication Prize, a KCAC Public Arts grant, and a Washington State Arts Commission Writer's Fellowship. Two of her books have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award.

Judith Skillman was born in 1954.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > General

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A seam ripper, scissors and needles  Jun 27, 2004
A seam ripper, scissors and needles are not the usual writing tools for poetry. These pointed instruments appear in this collection of poems to sculpt poetry that is tough and tender, ripping fragments from household tasks of repair and creation written with a personal knowledge of working from home. These fragments from daily life equal the poetry of surprise.

Latticework is written in a collaboration with artist, Erika Carter of WA, a visual poet/quiltmaker who uses fabric and textile processes as her medium. Judith Skillman, who has previously published other poems, won awards and fellowships, takes this collaborative opportunity to visit themes of transformation. In particular, the poem "House of Moon" evolves like a color field painting, a nightscape which lulls you with colors and images, then suddenly dissolves into an unexpected visual revelation. It could be a scene from film noire about loss and change.

My first reading of this collection was continuous, much like reading a novel. Days passed and I found myself thinking about the power of a phrase with an image such as "snow is never easy to wear...just another way of aging". Many of Skillman's poems come close to my experience as an artist who works within and from family life trying to find poetry not only in words but also in fabric and paint, scissors and thread.

Latticework is a lovely collection of visual and contemplative writing which needs to be kept at hand- to underline, to savor, to read patiently as meanings change with the reader's circumstance.

The collaboration between the two artists worked. Now I wait for Ms. Skillman's next solo journey in print. It is possible that tools of transformation for cloth are equally valuable to rip and cut words into something fresh and new.

Joan Schulze
Schulze has self published two volumes of poetry -
Leftover Traces of Yesterday and Watching for Signs.


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