RaveThe Arkansas InternationalSkeets is unrelenting in his illustration of the relationship between the body and its environment ... His queering and embodiment of landscape incites the reader to realize the shifting nature of the body ... This collection’s sublime scenes reclaim visibility in varying degrees of blossom and ash; each poem swells with breath and exhaust. Skeets creates a sonic space of visceral images that smolder in the dark weight of toxic masculinity and the violence within his community. His intimate choreographies of the body, violence, and landscape strive to bridge coal and ash with glinting mirrors of compassion, masterfully traversing and affirming the chiaroscuro of community and self.
RaveThe Arkansas International\"...in these pages he still welcomes us into his home furnished with pain, loneliness, and joy all abound with his signature wry humor and transcendent hope ... In The Final Voicemails, Max Ritvo, \'carrying the words, / shaking with tears,\' sings with a language of love and generously invites us into the hospitable shelter he designed for himself.\