THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO: Jake Skeets for Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

Thursday, February 15th – Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at Off Square Books!

Showtime: 6 pm

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Featuring...

Poet Jake Skeets with his debut collection of poems Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers.

About the Book

Winner of the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Winner of a 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry

Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry

Selected by Kathy Fagan as a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers is a debut collection of poems by a dazzling geologist of queer eros.

Drunktown, New Mexico, is a place where men "only touch when they fuck in a backseat." Its landscape is scarred by violence: done to it, done on it, done for it. Under the cover of deepest night, sleeping men are run over by trucks. Navajo bodies are deserted in fields. Resources are extracted. Lines are crossed. Men communicate through beatings, and football, and sex. In this place, "the closest men become is when they are covered in blood / or nothing at all."

But if Jake Skeets's collection is an unflinching portrait of the actual west, it is also a fierce reclamation of a living place--full of beauty as well as brutality, whose shadows are equally capable of protecting encounters between boys learning to become, and to love, men. Its landscapes are ravaged, but they are also startlingly lush with cacti, yarrow, larkspur, sagebrush. And even their scars are made newly tender when mapped onto the lover's body: A spine becomes a railroad. "Veins burst oil, elk black." And "becoming a man / means knowing how to become charcoal." Rooted in Navajo history and thought, these poems show what has been brewing in an often forgotten part of the American literary landscape, an important language, beautiful and bone dense.

Sculptural, ambitious, and defiantly vulnerable, the poems of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers are coal that remains coal, despite the forces that conspire for diamond, for electricity.

Additional recognition:

Named a "Best Poetry Book of 2019" by Electric Literature, Entropy Mag, and Auburn Avenue

Named a "Favorite Book of 2019" by Lit Hub

Named a "Best Queer Book of 2019" by BuzzFeed and Book Marks

About the Author

Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Whiting Award. His poetry and prose have appeared widely in journals and magazines such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review. He holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Arts Projects, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, and the 2023-2024 Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at the University of Oklahoma.

Air Times

Thursday, February 15th – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, February 23rd – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, February 24th –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, February 25th -3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

2 pm (MT) KNCE 93.5 | Taos, New Mexico

Books: 
Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers: Poems (National Poetry) By Jake Skeets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315205
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

Winner of the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Winner of a 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry

Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry


Event date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 6:00pm
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square Books
Oxford, MS 38655