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"Daniel Staniforth guides us through the sluices of the world through which the indescribable vitality of life pours through, impossible yet real, a paradox of being. These 100 or so poems, skillfully crafted and fraught with beauty, bend language into otherworldly shapes in order to whisper that which eludes speech. Fantastic stuff."-- David Bowles

"There is a strong current of Englishness weaving through Daniel's work and a deep connection with natural magic and the soul of the land, but it is diverse enough to take in the bleak and the gritty as well as his finely crafted dreamworlds."
-- Rebecca Wilby


"Composer and musical producer as well as poet, what strikes me most profoundly about Staniforth's work is his training as a musical instrument luthier, a skill as sensitive as it is intuitive. For it is this sensitivity and intuition, this fine-tuning, that is most uniquely present in Weaver in the Sluices. These poems spring resonant from the page. It is especially in the imagery of the longer pieces that the poet's originality shines. A book to be savoured!"
-- Margaret Randall


"In Weaver in the Sluices, Daniel Staniforth pulls variously from Bardic tradition, contemporary lament, and surrealist landscapes to "filter the nutrients of thought." The poet invokes erotic passion and political protest alike, all while navigating the "midriff of the sun," "star-widths of fancy," and the "nape of the sea." In these poems, such wonders shift continually between foreground and background to portray a world where, ultimately, "the hollows subsume the shape."
-- Elizabeth Robinson


"Daniel Staniforth's book of poems Weaver in the Sluices is an intermixing of zones where the light of the waking body rises and transmixes its power with falling uranian whispers. These poems exist at the cusp where both realities overspill and condense, making fleeting forays into the unsayable."
-- Will Alexander


'Daniel Staniforth's book of poems Weaver in the Sluices is an intermixing of zones where the light of the waking body rises and transmixes its power with falling uranian whispers. These poems exist at the cusp where both realities overspill and condense, making fleeting forays into the unsayable." - Will Alexander, author of The Sri Lankan Loxodrome and Above the Human Nerve Domain. 'In Weaver in the Sluices, Daniel Staniforth pulls variously from Bardic tradition, contemporary lament, and surrealist landscapes to "filter the nutrients of thought." The poet invokes erotic passion and political protest alike, all while navigating the "midriff of the sun," "star-widths of fancy" and the "nape of the sea." In these poems, such wonders shift continually between foreground and background to portray a world where, ultimately, "the hollows subsume the shape." ' - Elizabeth Robinson, author of Inaudible Trumpeters and The Orphan & its Relations. 'Composer and musical producer as well as poet, what strikes me most profoundly about Staniforth's work is his training as a musical instrument luthier, a skill as sensitive as it is intuitive. For it is this sensitivity and intuition, this fine-tuning, that is most uniquely present in Weaver in the Sluices. These poems spring resonant from the page. It is especially in the imagery of the longer pieces that the poet's originality shines. A book to be savoured!' - Margaret Randall, author of Stones Witness and Ruins.

About the Author

Daniel Staniforth is a British writer, composer and teacher, recently serving for three years at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics' Summer Writing Programme in the US. His music recordings include works by Alchymical Muse, Luna Trick and Rebsie Fairholm, with whom he works regularly. Daniel writes poetry, fiction and literary analysis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Skylight Press (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908011084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908011084
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,746,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally from England, Daniel Staniforth is a writer, composer, musician, and teacher now residing in Lafayette, CO. He has served for six years as a part-time English faculty member of the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Daniel earned a Master's degree in Literature from Miami University (of Ohio) and writes poetry, fiction and theoretical work. His first full length book is Weaver in the Sluices: Selected Poems. Poet, Will Alexander, describes it as "an intermixing of zones where the light of the waking body rises and transmixes its power with falling uranian whispers. These poems exist at the cusp where both realities overspill and condense, making fleeting forays into the unsayable." This was followed by a book of short stories called Diddle, of which Brian Evenson has said - "Diddle is packed with stories that fully articulate their premise and characters, coil like a spring, and then come to fruition when you least expect it. They have a genuine and original rhythm, one that will make you think differently about what fiction can do." Most recently he has edited and compiled an anthology of Basil King's work called Learning to Draw/A History and an anthology of Will Alexander's poetry called Kaleidoscopic Omniscience. His new book, The Groundlings of Divine Will, has been described as "a controversial, self-reflexive, ironic and humorous response to the way that Shakespeare is so often taught in contemporary academia." Some other recent publications have featured in journals such as Rogue Poetry Review, The Houston Literary Review, Bombay Gin, Monkey Puzzle, Trickhouse, and InStereo Press. As a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he writes, records, and produces alternative, classical, Folk, and experimental music (including releases by Luna Trick, Alchymical Muse, Daniel Staniforth and Rebsie Fairholm). He composed a music score for a performance of Under Milk Wood at the Cheltenham Playhouse in the UK and released a music CD version of Margaret Randall's RUINS (with Rebsie Fairholm). For more information, visit www.flowforth.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bowles on October 18, 2011
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Daniel Staniforth guides us through the sluices of the world through which the indescribable vitality of life pours through, impossible yet real, a paradox of being. These 100 or so poems, skillfully crafted and fraught with beauty, bend language into otherworldly shapes in order to whisper that which eludes speech. Fantastic stuff.
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