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Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0887485312
ISBN-10: 0887485316
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Like his poetic forebearers--Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, William Carlos Williams, and Philip Levine, to name but a few--Daniels' work distinguishes itself from many of his contemporaries because of its sustained commitment to the lives of the people we most often overlook or ignore in our culture. . . .

Todd Davis, Rattle

Sometimes we need to read a certain kind of author because we simply have forgotten everything we knew about writing. We think we need a magic pellet, younger energy, more success, or to perform ritual--say like folding our hands and jumping off a building to get started. . . . Jim Daniels, we need you right now because we thought it was too hard to be natural while writing. . . . A real life is here. It lies behind the detail, but the detail is what we want. Jim Daniels' poems are human on the page, growing within and beyond some divine law of poetic order, far away from writers' disasters.

Grace Cavalieri, Producer of "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress"

A poet adept at folding elegant, poetic cranes from the rough newsprint of everyday life.

Christopher Citro, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"Like his poetic forebearers―Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, William Carlos Williams, and Philip Levine, to name but a few―Daniels' work distinguishes itself from many of his contemporaries because of its sustained commitment to the lives of the people we most often overlook or ignore in our culture. . . . " (Todd Davis, Rattle)

"Sometimes we need to read a certain kind of author because we simply have forgotten everything we knew about writing. We think we need a magic pellet, younger energy, more success, or to perform ritual―say like folding our hands and jumping off a building to get started. . . . Jim Daniels, we need you right now because we thought it was too hard to be natural while writing. . . . A real life is here. It lies behind the detail, but the detail is what we want. Jim Daniels' poems are human on the page, growing within and beyond some divine law of poetic order, far away from writers' disasters. " (Grace Cavalieri, Producer of "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress")

"A poet adept at folding elegant, poetic cranes from the rough newsprint of everyday life." (Christopher Citro, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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Product Details

  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon; 1 edition (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887485316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887485312
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,371,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I would like to say right off the bat that Jim Daniels is one of my favorite poets of all time. I come from a working class background, and was first introduced to Daniels' work when I was in high school. It was foundation-shaking: he was a poet who spoke about what it was like to be from neighborhoods like mine, with a dad like my dad, with a family & community like I had.

His early books center around both his own working class upbringing and his experiences working in a local auto factory. The poems were visceral, blunt but not without beauty. The way in which they spoke about hope and limitation, of strength and weakness, of the reality of the body and the reality of the spirit, had a profound effect on me as a writer as well as me as a person. As Daniels continued to write and develop, he left the factory life and began working as a professor, and his poetry began to deal with this new reality, as well as his growing family.

With "Having a Little Talk With Capital P Poetry," Daniels seems to have struck a perfect balance between his earlier working class work and his new life as a professor. A recurring character in his auto factory era poetry was a character named "Digger," a blue collar factory worker about whom Daniels wrote numerous blunt & effecting persona pieces. Daniels has found another mouthpiece worthy of his professorial era with "The Tenured Guy," who like the Digger before him, is a worker who is just trying to keep his head above water in a job where the stakes are so low and so high at the same time. The Tenured Guy poems are filled with humor and heartbreak, and the kind of sharp-edged opinions that sometimes can only happen when the writer adopts a persona.
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I've been a fan of Jim Daniels work since the 80s. His working class poems and family narratives are among the best written in the last 20 years. Daniels is a wonderful poet with great range and deep feeling. This is one of his best books. Get it and read with a sharp heart.
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