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Passages North on Birth Marks: 'This book is about home'

BirthMarks_Front Jim Daniels' newest collection, Birth Marks, resonated strongly with Passages North reviewer and self-proclaimed "Yooper," Zarah Moeggenberg. "Michigan is all over this book and in this 80-degree weather I want to go back to the blizzard I missed ... Daniels' book brings me back to small town Michigan and especially the rusty clink and clang, the steady whiz and honk of Detroit at rush hour. This book has its hands dirtied Michigan brown," she writes. The review highlights the "braided, complex, and rich" narrative style Daniels employs in his poetry, comparing his technique to that of Susan Terris and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Above all, Daniels' incredible sense of place permeates Birth Marks. "Place grounds us so much in how we generate writing, how we explore our words, how we articulate the home in us.  Daniels reminds us not to forget how home builds us forward." "This book is the blue collar guys sitting at my bar, my Saginaw River, my shrinking GM plant parking lot ... the six packs we stole as kids out of the fridge when no one was looking ... those empty lots of dandelions, those foreclosed homes...." For a Yooper such as Moeggenberg, Daniels aptly captures the essence of life in his poetry. "This book is about home." Click here to read the entire Passages North review. Order your own copy of Birth Marks from the BOA Bookstore today. To celebrate National Poetry Month, BOA is offering FREE SHIPPING on any order through April 30! Enter promo code BOAPOETRY in the discount box at checkout to save.


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