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Birth Marks (American Poets Continuum) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Winner, 2014 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award
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Jim Daniels inspires us, his consumers, to be a bold as he isas awarebecause his torrent comes from the enthusiasm of pure spiritual power and as much as he ridicules religion, this man writes like he has God at his back.”
—Washington Independent Review of Books
"We don’t have enough contemporary writing on this topic, not of this quality, and not in the form of poetry, certainly we need more poetry of this caliber, of this intent.”
—Coal Hill Review
Reading Jim Daniels’ poems reminds us that we are facing a muse, a working class poet who speaks from the alleys of Detroit or the narrow country road when he crosses the country with his bike I’m mesmerized by the poems in his latest collection, Birth Marks."
Voices de la Luna
Daniels is playful with language, sometimes riffing on words and using free association to add a jazzy dynamic Birth Marks is full of the poetic elements necessary for an engaging read.”
Pittsburgh City Paper
[Jim Daniels’] poems have sung of our daily existence, the lives of the suburban and urban, the family and the loner, the lovers and losers, the workers and the unemployed. And contained inside these songs are our most pressing moral and philosophical issues, in language as it exists in the larger culture, the hot breath of the world-right-now, and also in a voice, across fourteen collections of poems, that [he’s] somehow made all [his] ownthe necessary contradiction, I think, for any great writer.” Justin Bigos, 32 Poems Magazine
Daniels applies overt wit throughout his poems about the various characters and the backdrops they inhabit, especially when the narrator is commenting on his own experiences.” Newpages
Jim Daniels is one of the nation’s finest examples of a poet and fiction writer who has been able to mine his own working class and factory roots to produce literary works that cut deep with their sensitivity and truth,” Michigan State University's Labor Education Program
Jim Daniels’s Birth Marks is a deeply enjoyable read. Reading it, I remembered why his is the type of poetry my favorite poets try to emulate The poems feature characters with finely tuned emotions, and each are captured by unforgettable imagery, each rendered in a different galvanized voice.” Poets @ Work
[Birth Marks is] the essential handbook into the goings-on in author Jim Daniels’ life Between dark humor and unwholesome love, the poet gives us an unblinking view of the alcoholism in his family, the struggles of the working class and the shame he has felt surrounding it all.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Place grounds us so much in how we generate writing, how we explore our words, how we articulate the home in us. Daniels reminds us not to forget how home builds us forward... This book is about home" Passages North
A family history of alcoholism, a dying city’s fevered baseball dreams, and an adolescence only half-remembered through a blur of narcotics, are woven together with masochistic wit, as Daniels plunges readers into a world where there is Nothing to do but put it all out for the trash and start over.’” Mid-American Review
Here is Daniels showing he can master tight form alongside long lines, elegy alongside comedy, and at his best, everything at once.” Mantis Review
Employing his masterful control of language, Daniels’ new book suggests that, much as we may be marked’ during our youth by the imperfections of a dissolute society, from our subsequent perspective as adults, we may view our often flawed coming-of-age experiences as the most authentic ones of our lives.” Heavy Feather Review
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