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Skin, Inc.

Identity Repair Poems

Thomas Sayers Ellis


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Hardcover (8/31/2010)


The brilliant and provocative second book of poems by Thomas Sayers Ellis, now available in paperback

Skin, Inc. is Thomas Sayers Ellis's ambitious argument in sound and image for an America whose identity is in need of repair. In lyric sequences and with his own photographs, Ellis traverses the African American and American literary landscapes and performs tributes for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown; the King of Pop, Michael Jackson; and the election of President Barack Obama. This book assures Ellis's place as one of the most audacious poets now writing.

Praise For Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems

“No doubt, this is a major book.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The fine and noble tradition of protest poetry is in safe, strong hands.” —The New York Journal of Books

“In work like this, Ellis is writing some of the finest, truly public poetry of our time.” —David Orr

“Ellis has something to say about the moment we're in, and he is that rare breed of poet, the kind whose works will be studied for generations to come, whose name will be uttered alongside that other great T.S.” —Robin D. G. Kelley

Graywolf Press, 9781555976507, 192pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

About the Author

Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Maverick Room. A photographer and poet, Ellis teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Lesley University and is the poetry editor of the Baffler. He divides his time between New York and Washington, D.C.