by Ed Skoog
Musical Contribution: “Still Holiday”
In Their Own Words
I recorded “Still Holiday” on my telephone’s Hi-Q MP3 Recorder, which is a better mic for basement tapes than my old Shure. It’s just me singing and playing guitar through a corroding flanger pedal. I just finished writing my second book of poems, ROUGH DAY, which will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. I cut a lot of poems and stanzas and phrases from the final manuscript that didn’t fit the book but I wanted to do something with anyway, so I wrote this and several other songs with those scraps.
Ed Skoog was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1971. His poems have been published in many magazines, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, and The Paris Review. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Jill Marquis.