The Mid­dle Ages

Jim Daniels, Red Moun­tain Press (MARCH) Soft­cover $18.95 (92pp), 978-0-9985140-2-4

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Poets and words, a re­la­tion­ship built on end­less frus­tra­tion and be­trayal. That’s not what I in­tended to say. Sorry, bard, that’s what you get with me. Cer­tain poets em­brace the am­bi­gu­ity, as if po­ten­tial mis­un­der­stand­ings raise a poem’s in­ter­est level. Not Jim Daniels. The au­thor of six­teen col­lec­tions of po­etry, five books of fic­tion, and sev­eral film scripts, his de­lib­er­ate, painstak­ing prose is as grounded as his na­tive Detroit.

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If you’re at home watch­ing a movie on your movie-watch­ing de­vice of choice and some­body calls you up to say they’ve got some bad news and you press pause as the train pulls out of its dreamy sta­tion and they tell you some­one you love has died, do you ever watch that movie again? And if so, what hap­pens when you reach the part where you paused? Or maybe you should just pick up from that mo­ment? Or should you just leave it there, freez­ing the train for­ever in that ter­ri­fy­ing green val­ley?

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