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The Brave Never Write Poetry by Daniel   Jones
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Jun 13, 2011

really liked it

The Coach House republication of Jones's THE BRAVE NEVER WRITE POETRY contains an afterword by Kevin Connolly, in which he "distinctly recalls" one reviewer of the original 1985 publication "using the phrase 'I hate this author.'"

Jones's poetry is the kind that's engaging enough to hate, with viscera and vigour, but without pretensions, unless they are being parodied -- at his best Jones outshines Purdy (Jones appears to try less, and comes across as more authentic and self-aware). The title poem is a stunning work, and throughout the poems have a stunning energy and intelligence.

Jones's relative lack of literary activity (this is his only book of poems) is lamentable, for he had a wry, unique, unsettling, and even funny voice ("Someone give me the strength not to / apply to the Canada Council for the Arts"). Worth your poetry dollar even though the book slackens in the latter third and ends with a selection of underwhelming haiku.

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