The Fiddler's Trance
Poet, essayist, and novelist Floyd Skloot continues his exploration of human resilience in The Fiddler's Trance, his third collection. Patterns of historical and personal experience in these poems illuminate the mysterious interaction of illness, loss, and creative endeavor. We can never be certain that our vital force or physical integrity will endure: Skloot's poems consider the phenomenon of sudden change in our lives. When all we understood about ourselves and our world is called into question, we must find a new way of seeing. Mixing formal and free verse; moving freely between past and present, self and others, private and public life, the poems of The Fiddler's Trance are concerned with the power of art to express hope honestly.
About the author:
Floyd Skloot was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1947. His previous collections of poetry include Music Appreciation (University Press of Florida) and The Evening Light (Story Line Press), and he has also published three novels and a book of essays about the illness experience. His work has been widely anthologized, including appearances in The Best American Essays, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and The Best American Science Writing. He has been disabled since 1988, and lives with his wife Beverly Hallberg in a small round house amid 20 acres of woods near Amity, Oregon.