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Forgiveness Parade

In Jeffrey McDaniel's second book it is hard to separate the humor from the pain Both ualit. This book has been rated highly by many so some justification is in order here I picked this up having read a few McDaniel poems online such as The Scars of Utopia and The uiet World Both are wonderful poems original and thought provoking The latter in particular with its context established so well in the commentary accompanying the poem makes a convincing argument for the idea that even democratically elected governments can subjugate their peoples through measures designed with seemingly noble intentions the rationing of words is merely the government s way of promoting greater social interaction an idea that is not very far fetched This was promising stuff so I had great hopes for this book which sadly did not last long For starters The uiet World is included in this collection in presumably its original form which has a rather unwelcome twist The first stanza here reads In an effort to get people to lookinto each other s eyes and also to appease the mutesthe government has decided to alloteach person exactly one hundredand sixty seven words per dayThe additional third line is not just in contradiction to the essence of the rest of poem it is unnecessary To be sure administrations continually consider measures that curtail the rights to free speech and individual liberties and which justly ought to be criticized but to attack the programs of positive discrimination towards the physically socially or economically disadvantaged that have been instituted by modern governments is nothing short of taking a cheap shot it is in the seeking of the greatest good of the greatest number that governments have brought about holocausts not in attempting to promote social justice Without the added line the point was well made with it the message becomes inconsistent This may seem like a lot of fuss over a single sentence were it not that it is symptomatic of much that is disappointing with elements of contemporary poetry and a lot of postmodern art in general it is no longer enough to be critical of the establishment to be deemed provocative instead a young poet has to distinguish himself by encroaching on territory that traditionally would have been regarded with far greater sensitivity Under the guise of delivering complexity of meaning shades of grey are needlessly introduced in which minority groups women the elderly gays all are fair game Our new anti establishment thinkers crave a publicly funded tenured position while they decry public policy Thus is the multiplicity of interpretations that art offers subverted into a single intolerant message conservative is now radical right is the new left Which is of course rather dishearteningAs for the rest of the collection although McDaniel s skill in his craft means that when he gets it right the effect is clever Your legs are longer than a prisoner slast night on death row if there is a broader subtext to any of the poems it is not immediately apparent Within most poems there is very little variation in his basic poetic device of constructing couplets with occasional tie ins often with provocative imagery and after a while the overuse of the device starts to jar McDaniel is however still young was so when this collection was published and his talent is obvious enough to expect a lot of good work in the future

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Lullaby' or broken hearted romance in poems like 'Another Long Day in the Office of Dreams'. This is my colleague at works favorite book of poems I liked it They were often grotesue usually poignant and always weird


10 thoughts on “Forgiveness Parade

  1. says:

    I don't like poetry I don't like poems This however touched something inside me May have to go and rethink some basic principles

  2. says:

    This book has been rated highly by many so

  3. says:

    This book contains the poem The uiet World Look it up It's brilliant Easily my favorite poem of any I've ever read

  4. says:

    The fourth book I've read by McDaniel and easily my favorite The uiet World Uncle Eggplant Where Babies Come From and Hunting for Cherubs are all perfectnear perfect poems What a collection

  5. says:

    Not as good as Splinter Factory but very funny and worth the read Favorites Survivor's Gate Uncle Eggplant Logic in the house of Sawed Off Te

  6. says:

    The uiet World is one of my favourite poems So is The Archipelago of Kisses So I'm sad that this collection left me underwhelmed in general and overwhelmed with 'bad family therapy confessional box' vibes 'Another Long Night in the Office of Dreams' is great The on purpose awfulness of 'The Jerk' could be Tinder's national anthem Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fondue Your eyesare so green one of your parents must bepart traffic ligh

  7. says:

    This is my colleague at works favorite book of poems I liked it They were often grotesue usually poignant and always weird

  8. says:

    I picked this book up because someone read a poem from it The poem is The uiet World and I included a link to it at the end of my review and I liked it so much I checked the book out from the library The person who read the poem said that McD

  9. says:

    Interesting to see other themes and topics eg family and childhood that are rarely ever part of his popular pieces that have been making rounds on the Internet While obviously talented—McDaniel is a wordsmith—there is a lack of thematic unity and cohesion that would tie these poems together as a collection On their own there are a lot of poems that are beautiful Taken together it represents a somewhat weak collect

  10. says:

    Recurring images etc include guns masturbation the moon plumbers heels rats blood alcohol uncles funerals drugs love hurricanes scars sleeping thighs sky trains paintbrushes women hearts heads ears