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Dan Gilmore is the author of a novel, A Howl for Mayflower (Imago Press, 2006); a chapbook of haibun stories, Just Before Sleep (KYSO Flash, 2015); and three collections of poetry and monologues: Season Tickets, Love Takes a Bow, and Panning for Gold. He has won the Raymond Carver Fiction Contest, the Martindale Fiction Award, and multiple Sandscript Awards for Short Stories. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, San Diego Reader, Aethlon, Blue Collar Review, The Carolina Review, Sandscript, Loft and Range, KYSO Flash, and Serving House Journal. “Happiest Black White Man Alive,” one of Gilmore’s flash fictions, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was chosen by Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler as one of the top 55 stories for The Best Small Fictions 2015. In his time, Gilmore has been: a fry cook, a jazz musician, a draft dodger, a soldier, an actor, a minister in a Reno wedding chapel, a psychologist, a single parent of two children, a college professor, a dean, and a consultant to business. Gilmore lives in Tucson, Arizona and divides his time between playing jazz, writing, and loving his children and grandchildren, his life partner JoAn, and his cat. For additional biographical notes, photographs of the author, and information about his books, please visit his website: http://dangilmorewrites.com
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Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2016
Dan Gilmore's haibun stories deliver an "unexpected ping" with a bit of "off-beat passioante intention." His many voices will delight you, make you laugh, cause you to ponder and question, take you to the dark side then bring you back to the softness of heart and love.
But as he says in "Heart Beans," nothing is ever simple. There is always more than one way to see a situation, and his endings frequently throw you a curve you don't expect. Life is very complex, as "Paradise Lost" attests. "[Life] is a continuous cycle of hope and loss, of paradises gained and paradises lost...
Nothing escapes Gimore's eyes, religion a favorite topic of his irreverant but sympathetic pen. "Lazarus Ponders His Resurrection" will leave you pondering as well. "Maybe living is about learning to suffer..." "Rabbi Kaufman's Thoughts About Suffering" will make you laugh and make you question...."studies in wanting what [we] cannot have." "God is indeed a practical joker but can also give you at least "one week of happiness," as Gilmore says in "Happiness."
If you want to think thoughts you've never imagined before, if you want to unflinchingly see the full complexity of what it means to be human, then read Gilmore's latest book, NEW SHOES. You won't be disappointed. He never lets facts "stand in the way of a well-told story." ("The Hyperbolist")
New Shoes by Dan Gilmore surprises, with its language, poetical voice, and its commentary on the concerns that many of us share. How refreshing is his take on wearing new shoes (taking a risk.) They are uncomfortable but throwing them into the pond they wobble “their way to someplace he would never consider going.” Gilmore goes there, writing that a mother running away with a motorcycle-mounted preacher “seemed like gravy on ice cream,” and then imaging “her head pressed to the preacher’s back, saying a prayer of thanks for one week of happiness.” He deals with the shackles of the past, admitting that he’s “still a little queasy about drinking milk with cherry pie.” His mother believed you would die. The past has a hold on you, he knows, but you must accept it and still find your voice. For the poet this probably involves suffering, but “The trick is to snicker a little and try not to cry out loud.” He celebrates the joy of the child who thinks himself the god of the peppertree, humorously recounts a near death experience in old age where he sees a shining light-and a dog, presses his head against a mirror and experiences “the welcoming smile of two friends who haven’t seen each other in years.” He tells of failed youthful attempts to impress girls and in old age as part of a couple inching along “arm in arm, finally knowing who they are.” For him love drives these experiences: “the leftover chicken, the empty bottle, all those years of lemon scents and oregano, the two of us—they are the breath of the same body, the beat of the same heart—the laughter of the same god.” For him they are “venerable old friends who have washed, folded, and put away four decades.” But is the poet of New Shoes Gilmore? How much of the work is autobiographical? Let hear what the author has to say. “I worship the gods of exaggeration and believe with all my heart that facts always stand in the way of a well-told story.”
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
New Shoes is another example of Dan Gilmore's gift for sharp-edge humor and an uncanny sense of human nature. He is a natural story teller, able to draw the reader in with what we know deep down is true about ourselves. Nan Rubin, Tucson