Most of the pieces in Rain After Midnight can be thought of as filmic, as “long story short.” The shortness of the form works, like the compression required in a good poem.

There are four distinct groupings or sets of stories: One set has to do with film, cinema, movies; a second springs from thinking about writing, what is involved; pieces connected with England make a third grouping; and the fourth is the past, that great well.

As the French film director Godard said, when a reporter asked him if he thought that a film should have a beginning, middle and end, “Yes. But not necessarily in that order.”


Don Skiles is the author of Miss America and Other Stories, The James Dean Jacket Story, and the novel Football. His work has appeared recently in Quaartsiluni, Snowmonkey, Silenced Press, Over the Transom, MungBeing, and Chicago Quarterly Review.

His poetry appears in three books from Viking Dog Press/Conehenge Studios (with the work of painter Claribel Cone): 18 Views of San Francisco, Sono Choushi! and Blue Rhapsody