Rowing Inland

Jim Daniels (Author)

Product Details

Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
February 06, 2017
5.0 X 0.6 X 7.8 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Jim Daniels's recent books include Apology to the Moon, Birth Marks, and Eight Mile High (stories). He is also the writer/producer of a number of short films, including The End of Blessings. Born in Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.


Rowing Inland is on par with Daniels's best work, and I would argue many of the most exceptional poems in this book suggest a push forward into more intimate and personal regions of exploration that will make an indelible impression upon his readers.--Todd Davis"author of Winterkill and In the Kingdom of the Ditch" (10/11/2016)
With scarcely a wasted word, the speaker's examination of his past is excruciatingly objective and pitiless. I value these poems for their precision and honesty, and I appreciate Daniels's wit, dryness of tone, and penchant for the surreal.-- (10/11/2016)
[. . .] throughout Rowing Inland [. . .] Daniels [. . .] craft[s] the sometimes-mundane into something notable.-- (02/22/2017)
Jim's wonderful sense of humor and simple human grace shine through in this new collection. Check it out.-- (03/03/2017)
Dipped in acetate, these poems strip Detroit of any pretense and offer a flawless lesson in descriptive concision. But Rowing Inland delights because of Jim Daniels's storytelling skills-a chronicle of incidents and anecdotes perfectly suited to poetic form.-- (03/07/2017)
These are glandular poems, then universal, because Daniels is an American Standard for all who grew up in cement cities, but also striking out for everyone who's watched family as part of cultural change.--Grace Cavalieri"Washington Independent Review of Books" (04/27/2017)
The poet Jim Daniels claims that "If you look at anything long and hard enough, / it catches fire." His fine new poetry collection is the magnifying glass he uses to recover the details too often overlooked or forgotten, his "heart thick with grief's metal-flake." And just like a magnifying glass, these poems sometimes catch the light of the sun and the reader can feel the book almost burning in his hands.--Kristofer Collins"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" (12/03/2017)