About the Author
Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of Alibi School, The Forgiveness Parade, and The Splinter Factory. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1994, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and New (American) Poets. He has won several awards, including an NEA Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
McDaniel toys with language and plants surreal tattoos on the maelstrom of life. We find telescopes budding from veins and politicians sipping mouse blood. In these poems one finds visceral explorations of loss and drug-fueled oblivion, alongside fun house mirrors held up against the political landscape. At his best, McDaniel is daring, with lines that employ unexpected images and subjects that sink into the gut like a hard jab.
These are deeper, darker, and more personal poems than in his previous books. Some political poems are quite affecting, as are several longer poems which seem to be written for slam. McDaniel's poetry is still bright, imaginative, painful, and funny. This is a thoroughly satisfying book.