Birth Marks

Birth Marks

by Jim Daniels

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Overview

A poet of the working-class and city streets, Jim Daniels's fourteenth poetry collection travels from Detroit to Ohio to Pittsburgh, from one post-industrial city to another, across jobs and generations. Daniels focuses on the urban landscape and its effects on its inhabitants as they struggle to establish community on streets hissing with distrust and random violence.

Out here, silence scrapes its knuckles
in an attempt at prayer.


Jim Daniels is Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Melon. Poetry editor for the scholarly journal Labor: A Working Class History of America, his awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Awards and the Brittingham Prize for Poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938160165
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: American Poets Continuum , #139
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 777,319
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jim Daniels’ recent books include Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, winner of the Midwest Book Award. His poems have appeared widely in such places as Billy Collins' Poetry 180 anthologies, Best American Poetry anthologies, the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" series. His poem "Factory Love" is displayed on the roof of a race car. Daniels has garnered such honors as the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He is the Thomas Stockham Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service. A native of Detroit, MI, Daniels is a graduate of Alma College and Bowling Green State University. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his family.

Table of Contents

Poetica No Apologia Arte Kumbaya 7

1 MegaEverything

Birth Marks 11

MegaEverything 12

I Dreamt I Wrote a Poem About Jazz 14

The Religious Significance of the Super Ball 17

Final/Not Final 20

The Laying on of Hands 23

Approaching and Passing an Epiphany 24

The Dark Miracle 26

Lip Gloss, Belgium 28

Hit and Run 30

One Word 31

On Tears 33

Making a Case for the Letter 34

2 Foundation

Foundation 39

3 One Arm Raised

The Geography of Detroit 49

Company Men 50

One Arm Raised 52

Feed Corn 53

Record Accumulation 56

Exterior with Quiet 57

Taking the Leap 61

Church Reform 64

Those of Us Without AC 68

Treaty 69

4 Love Poem with Pesticide

Love Poem with Pesticide 73

Riding the Bench 74

My Two Aunts 77

The Family Price 80

Good Reception 82

45 RPM: Side A/Side B 85

Recreational Trail 88

The Worn Knees and Elbows of My Alcoholic Uncles 90

Watching Another Drug Bust 91

Boxing Toward the Promised Land 93

The Gravity of Math 94

Cosmetic 95

Listening to "96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians While Looking Down from My Third-Floor Window at a Kid Crossing the Panther Hollow Bridge 97

Elegy for the Nasty Neighbor 98

Souvenir 102

Acknowledgments 105

About the Author 107

Colophon 112

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