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Life as a 'balancing act': Mid-American Review on Birth Marks

birthmarks Marked by its portrayals of the "post-industrial wastelands of Detroit and Pittsburgh," the Mid-American Review describes Birth Marks as a navigation through the "loss of innocence, loss of life, loss of direction." "A family history of alcoholism, a dying city's fevered baseball dreams, and an adolescence only half-remembered through a blur of narcotics, are woven together with masochistic wit, as Daniels plunges readers into a world where there is 'Nothing to do but put it all out for the trash and start over.'" Divided into four sections, Daniels' new collection ultimately warns readers about the "balancing act" that life becomes. "Whether it's the struggle to hold a family together, or a city, the fight to stay upright is 'a matter of faith, like anything / with God and dog in it.'" The full review can be found in the Mid-American Review: Vol. XXXIV, No. 2. Birth Marks is available for purchase at the BOA Bookstore.

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