In A Faster Grave, poet and native New Orleanian Skye Jackson explores a delicious tangle of millennial concerns: love, family, heartbreak and the tragedy of how “nobody actually / talks face-to-face anymore.” She interrogates Beyonce, intoxicating ex-lovers and the most mysterious figure of them all: herself. She conveys lessons for the lovestruck as well as the wistful, wild yearnings of a young Black woman filled with longing, laughter and unrepentant desire.
Skye Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has served as a poetry editor for Bayou Magazine and several other publications. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Green Mountains Review, RATTLE and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook, A Faster Grave, won the 2019 Antenna Prize. She was also a finalist for the 2020 RATTLE Poetry Prize. In 2021, she won the AWP Intro Journals Award and was twice nominated for Best New Poets. Her work was recently selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for inclusion in the Library of Congress. Poets & Writers has also recognized her as a New Orleans “Poet to Watch.”