Places Everyone Jim Daniels in his first book of poems draws upon his experiences in living and working in his native Detroit to present a start realistic picture of urban blue collar life Daniels his brothers
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Author: Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels, in his first book of poems, draws upon his experiences in living and working in his native Detroit to present a start, realistic picture of urban, blue collar life Daniels, his brothers, his father, and his grandfather have all worked in the auto industry, and that background seeps into nearly all these poems.The first of the book s three sections sketches ouJim Daniels, in his first book of poems, draws upon his experiences in living and working in his native Detroit to present a start, realistic picture of urban, blue collar life Daniels, his brothers, his father, and his grandfather have all worked in the auto industry, and that background seeps into nearly all these poems.The first of the book s three sections sketches out this background, then moves into a neighborhood full of people whose lives are so linked to the ups and downs of the auto industry that they have to struggle to find their own lives in Still Lives in Detroit, 2, Daniels writes, There s a man in this picture No one can find him The second section contains the Digger poems, a series on the lives of a Detroit auto worker and his family which tries to capture the effects of the work on life outside the factory Here, we listen to Digger think, dream, wander on psychological journeys while he moves through his routines, shoveling the snow, mowing the lawn, and so forth In section three, the poems move into the workplace, whether that be a liquor store, a hamburger joint, or a factory.These poems, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, concentrate on the efforts of workers to rise above the often depressing work of blue collar or minimum wage jobs, to salvage some pride and dignity The poems in this book try to give a voice to those who are often shut out of poetry They are important These lives are important, and the poems, than anything, say that These poems are both testimony and the articulate gift of its human emotion that one lives in a world that can feel, and insists on it Jim Daniels is a poet of unique commitment and ability He makes poetry and act of deep caring and recognition Robert Creeley Daniels poems have exactly what one looks for in a first book a strong, sure new voice, determinedly his own as if he had no choice heartfelt, speaking as certain poets seem able to, for those who are too often, not mute, but inarticulate The book reads with the power and coherence of a novel, if novels could be written at the pitch of continuous small explosions of emotion Stuart Dybek These poems are a refreshment They hiss and steam with the street s vibrant hardness, the effort to look around the corner, pain in the eyes after a long day s work Carolyn Forch This is gritty writing It needs to be read again and again to let your preconceived notions of America change beneath the abrasion of these poems, that is, if you are inclined to seek the truth Detroit at work in the car factories, and out of work, and at leisure an play and in self contemplation grease, dirt, and self disgust, from which we get our handsome dashing cars What could be characteristic of American life that this irony The book says it all David Ignatow Jim Daniels is very good, whether he is shoplifting, scraping up dead carrots, or making love to a machine There is subtle art in his simple poems He keeps the technique, and much of the suffering, to himself It is a joy reading him Gerald Stern Jim Daniels tough Motown narratives are stark urban creations He has an infallible ear for the words that come from our stricken industrial cities Paul Zimmer from the Publisher s website