Today's poem is "A Brief History of Evolution"
from The Middle Ages

Red Mountain Press

Jim Daniels' books have won the Milton Kessler Award, two Poetry Gold Medals in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Tillie Olsen Prize, Blue Lynx Prize, Brittingham Prize, and others. His fifth book of fiction, Eight Mile High, was a Michigan Notable Book and a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize. The End of Blessings, his fourth short film, appeared in numerous film festivals. His poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky have been exhibited in various galleries, and his poem Factory Love is displayed on the roof of a racecar. He has been featured on Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, in Billy Collins' Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry series. A native of Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Other poems by Jim Daniels in Verse Daily:
November 20, 2017:   "Hair on Fire" "We ironed fall leaves..."
September 20, 2013:   "Poetica No Apologia Arty Kumbaya" "I am not a minister's son or a former pro boxer..."
May 26, 2011:   "David Bowie Esperanto" "A flash of metal trash in a vacant lot...."
May 18, 2011:   "Flight Log" "The prop plane tilts a wing..."
August 4, 2005:   "Historical Accuracy "The way she hummed made me want..."

Books by Jim Daniels:

Other poems on the web by Jim Daniels:
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"Factory Love"
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"Prodigal Son Returns to Warren, Michigan"
"Past My Bedtime Suite"
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Jim Daniels According to Wikipedia.

About The Middle Ages:

"As prolific as he is talented, Jim Daniels gets my vote for 'the hardest-working man in poetry.' His poems are honest, straightforward, full of insight, wit, and good will, and grounded firmly in the human and humane. THE MIDDLE AGES finds him back at work in the mines of daily life where, as he has done for years, he extracts, for our enjoyment, nugget after nugget, gem after gem."
—Charles Harper Webb

"Jim Daniels is a masterpoet of dry wit and skeptical whimsy as he navigates THE MIDDLE AGES in his latest collection of poems. Here are meditations on fatherhood and fathering, on growing older—but not necessarily wiser—on marriage and loss, surgery and depression. Humor is a survival strategy for this poet, and he employs it with panache and empathy, remembering the past but not deifying it, looking to the future with rue and a touch of resignation. Daniels' poems take everything in—all our foibles and failings, our loves and refusals—and make all of it memorable, tinged with regret, but still ours, still meaningful, still worth the work and grit of poetry."
—Allison Joseph

"THE MIDDLE AGES is a meditation on America's power and vulnerability in Pittsburgh, in Doha, in Michigan's U.P. Jim Daniels is a generous, inventive poet with great emotional range and insight. He is at home writing poems about home—the domestic space, child-rearing, marriage, aging, ambition—with honesty, intimacy, and grace. He is also a poet of the world—a witness to war, poverty, political absurdities, and impending obliteration, asking 'What happened to shame, / good old American shame?' Read this book and find out. Jim Daniels is humorous, provocative, and smart—an American treasure."
—Denise Duhamel

"Rueful and sweet, these poems remind us that it's the dark aspect of life that makes the bright so lovely we can hardly bear it. Many of the most moving lines are about teenagers, clumsy, speechless 14- and 15-year- olds who will one day be as wise and compassionate as the poet himself. Actually, these poems tell us we're all teens, in a way, all growing daily into a beauty uniquely our own."
—David Kirby

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