Holiday in the Islands of Grief: Poems

Holiday in the Islands of Grief: Poems

by Jeffrey McDaniel

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In his new collection, Jeffrey McDaniel confronts the insular and expansive qualities of loss. With electric language and surrealistic imagery, McDaniel’s poems deliver the quotidian elements of middle-age life while weaving us in & out of childhood and adulthood alongside body and mind. The tragic and life affirming share the same page and the same world, reminding us how close corruption can be to innocence; domesticity to fantasy; aging to youth. 
We are underwater off the coast of Belize.
The water is lit up even though its dark
as if there are illuminated seashells
scattered on the ocean floor.
We’re not wearing oxygen tanks,
yet staying underwater for long stretches.
We are looking for the body of the boy
we lost. Each year he grows a little older.
Last December I opened his knapsack
and stuck in a plastic box of carrots.
Even though we’re underwater, we hear
a song playing over a policeman’s radio.
He comes to the shoreline to park
and eat midnight sandwiches, his headlights
fanning out across the harbor.
And I hold you close, apple of my closed eye,
red dance of my opened fist. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822987475
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 04/17/2020
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 95
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy. Other books include The EndarkenmentThe Splinter FactoryThe Forgiveness Parade, and Alibi School. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in the Hudson Valley.

Table of Contents

Contents Before Hearing Test “Gigantic” Midlife Chrysler Bio from a Parallel World The Bottom of My Hourglass Pass the Gravy The Appraiser My Adobe Bouquet The Price of History The Church of Michael Jordan The Imperial Diet Good Boy Now Raymond Jonathan Dear Drew 2017 Destruction Myth Holiday in the Islands of Grief Set Design Notes for a Seizure Bagpipes Def Leppard Yankees Playoff Game St. Pat’s Arroyo Burro Beach California Night Sky The Schadenfreude Channel Tooth #19 The Pain Amsterdam Eighth Grade The Used Bookstore of Your Dreams Hymens Are Stronger than Trampolines Genital Odometers The Narcoleptic’s Marathon Creation Myth November The News The Yard Is Covered with Yellow Leaves Tonight’s Lecture: What Not To Do When Painting Biophilia Wolf Energy A Man Walks into a Bar Parking Lot Jesus Personalized Russian Dolls It’s been November for several months now 2050 The Hour the Beards of the Dead Get Their Growth Forest Walk by the Hudson Wooden Bench Vampire Schedule Acknowledgments

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