'The Iron' By Ed Skoog
Ed Skoog was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1971. He is the author of three previous books of poems, Mister Skylight, Rough Day, and Run the Red Lights. His poems have appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow, a Lannan Foundation Marfa Residency Fellow, and writer-in-residence at George Washington University and the Richard Hugo House. He is a coordinator of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Writers Week and co-hosts, with novelist J. Robert Lennon, the podcast Lunch Box, with Ed and John. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Montana, and lives in Portland.