Battle Dress: Poems

By Karen Skolfield



In a poetic voice at once accessible and otherworldly, gutsy and insightful, U.S. Army veteran Karen Skolfield offers a rare glimpse of a female soldier's training and mental conditioning. Through the narratives of a young soldier, her older counterpart, and her fellow soldiers, Skolfield searches for meaning in combat preparation, long-term trauma, and the way war is embedded in our language and psyche.

Product Details

Price: $15.95  $14.67
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: August 13, 2019
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.4 X 8.0 inches | 0.3 pounds
ISBN: 9781324003014
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About the Author

Karen Skolfield is the author of FROST IN THE LOW AREAS (Zone 3 Press, 2013). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two kids. She teaches technical writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also earned her MFA. She is a contributing editor at Bateau Press and the literary magazine Stirring, and her poems have appeared in 2011 Best of the Net Anthology, Cave Wall, Memorious, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Verse Daily, West Branch, and others.


A remarkably fresh and coherent voice in the face of the worst and best that we can be. I am not certain how the poet manages such a finely tuned balance between what we can bear and what we must in the shadow of war...but I envy that rare skill, and I praise the best of these fine poems.--Bruce Weigl, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Abundance of Nothing
Battle Dress helps me to see the world we live in with a brighter clarity, deeper definition, and a fuller humanity. These are the poems of a soldier, a warrior, a woman in uniform, as well as a wide-ranging examination of violence in thought and in action.--Brian Turner, author of Here, Bullet