Jeffrey McDaniel

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Jeffrey McDaniel

Philadelphia, PA, The United States


He is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has been included in Ploughshares, The Best American Poetry 1994, and The New Young American Poets, as well as on the National Endowment for the Arts website.

Although McDaniel has not performed in a poetry slam in over 10 years, he has made spoken word appearances at Lollapalooza, the Moscow Writers Union, and the Globe in Prague, as well as numerous poetry slams across the United States in the early-to-mid '90s.

A compilation of selected poems, Katostrophenkunde, was translated into German by Ron Winkler and published in 2006.

He teaches creative writing and is a faculty advisor at Sarah Lawrence College.

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I have not been on here in a while and not sure if anyone is listening. What's new with me:I have finished a draft of my fifth book of poems. Not sure what the title is yet. I have finisheda third dra...
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Forgiveness Parade

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The Endarkenment

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Alibi School

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Chapel of Inadvertent Joy

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“Even when I'm dead, I'll swim through the Earth,
like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones.”
Jeffrey McDaniel

“I realise there's something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they're experts at letting things go.”
Jeffrey McDaniel

“The Quiet World

In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.”
Jeffrey McDaniel, Forgiveness Parade

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