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Places/Everyone (Brittingham Prize in Poetry (Series).)
Places/Everyone - Brittingham Prize in Poetry Series
Author: Jim Daniels
ISBN-13: 9780299103545
ISBN-10: 0299103544
Publication Date: 10/15/1985
Pages: 80
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Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Daniels, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, is a fascinating if inconsistent new voice. Simple observations are often unexpectedly metamorphosized into a haunting portrait of working-class life. The poems in the first section, dealing with family and friends, are the most effective. In later sections, Daniels more often assumes a stance: the ``Digger'' persona in Part 2 continues past its natural conclusion, and individual poems become formulaic. The first-person poems in the final section are too often surreal and/or pretentious, containing phrases such as ``Machine, I come to you 800 times a day.'' Daniels is more careful to poetically transform the words he puts into the mouths of others. Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York