Skoyles, John: Yes and No

Skoyles, John: Yes and No

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Carnegie Mellon University Press, paperback

Publication Date: October 15, 2021

Publisher Marketing: A spiritual thread runs through these poems of loss.

Yes and No is a book about looking back and looking forward. Many of the poems deal with the loss of friends and relatives whose spirits remain in the poet’s life in memory and even apparition. As the title connotes, the collection is about affirmation and negation: there are love poems and poems of the devastating loss of love and poems of passion and the dwindling of it. A spiritual thread runs through the book as well, as seen in the opening poem, “Prayer at the Masked Ball,” and in the question asked in the title poem: “are we connected to the infinite, or not?”