REJOICER is a stunning debut collection of poems that exist at the intersection of surrealism and reverence.
“Part dreamscape, part dirge, and all rapturous music, REJOICER adds another voice to the fierce tradition of American Surrealism. This book amasses so much lyrical invention and ardor that we come to see the world as a disembodied space as boundless as it is inescapable. A stunning work of art.”
— Michael McGriff, author of Eternal Sentences
“Skyler Osborne seems surprised and amused by the sensorially overloaded modern world in his debut book of poems, but his REJOICER is painfully aware that ‘There is no distance between the Lord/and his monsters tearing up the yard.’ Osborne’s surreal images navigate childhood and the cosmos with equal tenderness from a kaleidoscopic middle America scored with terrors, absurdities, and indignities. It’s a world of ‘Names of streets and songs/ and the family bowing backwards until they vanished, It all vanished. And it estranged memory—…’ By torquing vestiges of memory into a new reality, a gentle poet de-fangs a hostile universe. Reader, the resilience of these fraught poems will inspire your broken spirit.”
— Jane Miller, author of The Greater Leisures
Cover Artist: Dustin Ray
Cover Designer: Sally Franckowiak
Skyler Osborne was born and raised in the Midwest. He received an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has appeared in Best New Poets, The Colorado Review, The Greensboro Review, and Salt Hill, among other publications.