The poems in Inside Job range from intensely autobiographical lyrics to brief historical portraits of literary figures like Grace Paley and Jorge Luis Borges, to obituaries of idiosyncratic characters such as heavyweight boxing contenders and inventors of candy bars. The tone is often wry, sometimes wistful, and always compassionate. Praise for John Skoyles: For poems so full of linguistic playfulness, there is a surprising accuracy of perception. -The Georgia Review Wise, benevolent, witty. -Northwest Review Skoyles scrapes at the surface of everyday things and finds a wonderful strangeness just underneath. -Harvard Review
John Skoyles is the author of four previous collections of poems, A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul and The Situation. He is also the author of the autobiographical novel: A Moveable Famine: A Life in Poetry; a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education; and Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essays. He teaches at Emerson College and is the poetry editor of Ploughshares.