I must say that as an artistic soul myself, I am usually not very impressed with modern poetry as it has fit itself into mainstream as much as leg warmers and over-permed hair in the 80's. However, Jeffrey McDaniel's "Splinter Factory" is one of the most inventive, passionate, real, and darkly ironic collection of poems i think that I have ever read. In addition to reading his work, he made a guest appearance at an open mic I had attented. If you have ever felt the rush of emotions that flows out of you when you read a piece that touches close to home, then you have experienced only a fraction of what hearing Jeffrey McDaniel read his works is like. If you enjoy !~REAL~! artistic taste and ingenuity, then "Splinter Factory" is a must read.
This is a wild collection of honest and surprising poems. McDaniel is a master of the couplet and has these metaphors that just POP off the page. Great for a seasoned poet or one who is new to the game.
I stumbled upon this book very randomly in a bookstore. And cheap me, I kept going back to the bookstore to read the poems. I finally bought the book because I did not get tired of reading the poems. I typically don't read much poetry because I find most of it to be awful, but these poems are like little gifts. They are emotional confessions that walked me straight to the point. This book is NOT boring.