Birth Marks by Jim Daniels

By Jim Daniels

In delivery Marks, Jim Daniels examines how our origins mark us ceaselessly. From Detroit to Pittsburgh, he explores the lives of standard humans in an international which regularly turns out tilted opposed to them. His difficult, unflinching poems recount relations myths, city decay, his personal lies, and the fight for survival in a post-industrial international because the financial system crumbles round us.

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Andrews Bay sweeping in from the estuary of the River Eden across the washed expanse of the West Sands, backed by the windy green of the golf courses, to the town itself, spired, castled, and cathedraled, punctuated by irregular bells, cloistered and grave, with gray stone roofed in slate or red tile, kempt ruins and a tidy harbor, the town backed by green and gold fields with their stands of ancient trees. If it has the air of a museum, that is no wonder, for it sits placidly on top of a horrendous past.

By now, however, Jasper had grown expert at being a Martian. His three nationalitiesSpanish, British, and Americanhad made him a foreigner in every school class he sat in, and he wore his oddness quite jauntily. He was, I think, ahead of me. An early spring brought greenness and soft air, carpets of daffodils surrounding the house, larks, hanging invisibly over the golf course, disappearing into song. The days lengthened, and the golfers played late into the long twilight. We discussed building a tetrahedral kite, modeled on one with which Alexander Graham Bell had once lifted a man, and Jasper looked alarmed.

Page ii The Bread Loaf Series of Contemporary Writers A Donald Justice Reader 1991 A Nancy Willard Reader 1991 A Rosellen Brown Reader 1992 A George P. M. regocijante Page vii CONTENTS A Bread Loaf Contemporary xi Prose Digging Up Scotland 5 Other People's Houses 48 Waiting for Columbus 55 Basilisks' Eggs 91 In Memoriam, Amada 120 Poems Poem Without Ends 127 Growing, Flying, Happening 128 Oddments, Inklings, Omens, Moments 129 Directions for a Map 131 The Waterglass 132 Once at Piertarvit 133 A Game of Glass 135 For Her Sake 136 Calenture 138 The Figures on the Frieze 139 Quarrels 140 In Such a Poise Is Love 142 Me to You 143 Mediterranean 145 Tiree 147 Curiosity 148 Propinquity 150 Cat-Faith 152 Page viii Pigeons 153 Weathering 155 Outlook, Uncertain 156 James Bottle's Year 157 Daedalus 159 The Fall 160 The Spiral 161 An Instance 163 The O-Filler 164 A Lesson in Music 166 Speaking a Foreign Language 167 Where Truth Lies 168 Wordings Mandala: Dilemma 173 Counters 174 Palindrome 175 Reviews, Etc.

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