The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is calling Jim Daniels' new collection Birth Marks "the essential handbook into the goings-on in author Jim Daniels' life ... Between dark humor and unwholesome love, the poet gives us an unblinking view of the alcoholism in his family, the struggles of the working class and the shame he has felt surrounding it all." Reviewer Daeja Baker writes, "Mr. Daniels is trying to find himself in this mess of Michigan memories, searching his own adolescence, crouching in the 'sin pits' of his past, longing for his words to fill him with the 'familiar Detroit way' once again." In his 14th poetry collection, Daniels is candid about his past, taking an uncensored approach to his experiences in such urban landscapes as Detroit and Pittsburgh. "Like Jim Daniels we try to clear a path to understanding where we're going as we age, by looking as deeply into the ground as we can dig, and as far back into the past that our minds can reach ... Without that first love that died prematurely, or watching the Tigers' 30th win in '68 after the riots, or letting go of that taste for alcohol, who would Jim Daniels be? He wouldn't be the man who turns a mill town into poetry for us every time." Click here to read the entire Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review. To purchase a copy of Jim Daniels' Birth Marks, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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