The following essays were written in the months following the stroke I suffered in July of 2014, beginning during my time in the hospital and rehabilitation center in Albany, New York. My recovery continues, and I have been adding more essays to the list below. I consider it part of the healing process to keep track of my thoughts and to post the essays here, where, I hope, they may be of help to others, whether in dealing with their own disabilities or, simply, with day-to-day living.
As I transcribe more of my longhand writing from my notebooks to the computer, I will post them in both New Work and here on this page.
I welcome all comments.
To read the individual essays, click their titles.
For several years in the late 1990s and early
2000s, I reviewed titles for Kirkus Reviews. I began as their
poetry editor until, in a corporate shakeout emphasizing bottom lines,
poetry titles were dropped. Then I became one of their non-fiction
editors. My favorite reviews—though not necessarily the author's—are
presented in the list below. The year refers to the year the review was
published, and the title is the name of the book's author, translator,
Kirkus is a publication worthy of your consideration, even though they are no longer paying my utility bills.
The Writing of Brian Allan Skinner
©1970-2017 by Brian Allan Skinner