Seven-Star Bird Poems

David Daniel

Graywolf Press

1555973884

9781555973889

72 Pages

$14.00

CAD16.00

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In Seven-Star Bird, Daniel recovers the lost and forgotten town of Friendship, Texas (which now lies at the bottom of a lake). These poems retrieve the town's—and the poet's own family's—stories and memories by weaving elliptical voices, elaborate lyrics, and multiple narratives. An act of both rescue and rumination, Daniel's debut collection is guided by Heraclitus, who famously argued that we never step twice into the same river. The book fuses "history, folk wisdom, ancient religious thought, and a decidedly contemporary sense of the ironic [in] poems of homecoming and nowhere-a-home, of spiritual quest and of the earthly struggles to survive as a people and a self" (Carl Phillips).

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Praise for Seven-Star Bird

"At his best, as in the wonderful title poem, David Daniel is 'River-Throated,' an authentic heir of Hart Crane. Mr. Daniel's visionary development of the flooding of Friendship, Texas—with its now lost legacy of Moravian spiritual culture—is a persuasive synecdoche for American losses in our ongoing engulfment."—Harold Bloom

"Like Hart Crane in 'The Bridge,' Daniel has a vision of desire that is transcendental, but also social, that links erotic and domestic love with love of the divine. But he is also a passionate historian and elegist for the destruction of community, as in his poems about Friendship, Texas, and a metaphysical joker and elegist who can write about the death of a lover in poems that are alternatively rueful, satiric, and heartbroken. Visionary but dry-eyed, Daniel is one of the purest and most powerful lyric poets of his generation."—Tom Sleigh

"There are many mythic horses running through Seven-Star Bird: Heraclitus, Hart Crane, Celan, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, even God. There's a great romance abroad in the book, one that issues mainly from those two great places where the unconscious locates itself in American life: the family and the American South. Erotically philosophic and philosophically erotic, Seven-Star Bird careers forth in its veritable stampede with a mordant humor that begins in the credible and rises to occasions of the incredible."—Liam Rector

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David Daniel is the poetry editor of Ploughshares magazine and teaches at Emerson College. His poems and reviews have appeared in many respected publications. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David Daniel

  • David Daniel is the poetry editor of Ploughshares magazine and teaches at Emerson College. His poems and reviews have appeared in many respected publications. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • David Daniel Photo: Ally Daniel
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