Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Jim Daniels Reading and Workshop, March 12

Sign up now for Jim Daniels' poetry workshop! It promises to be a good one...

He will read from his work at 4:30 in Warner Hall Lyceum (ground floor) and will conduct a poetry workshop at 7:30.

Copies of some of his books, including his recent Revolt of the Crash Test Dummies, are available in the Midtown Campus Bookstore.

Students and faculty interested in participating in the workshop will be asked to submit a poem for discussion by March 10 and may sign up by calling 203-837-8876 or emailing clementsb@wcsu.edu. Seating is limited. (Six seats are reserved for MFA students, probably won't last long...)


Today my son realized someone’s smarter
than him. Not me or his mom—
he still thinks we know everything.
One of the other kids, Nathan, made fun
of him at the computer for screwing up
at the math game. Other kids laughed.
2nd grade. I’m never gonna be as smart
as him, he says.
I’m never gonna be smart
as half my students if we’re talking IQs.
He doesn’t want me to explain.
He wants me to acknowledge
that he’s dumb. He’s lying in bed
and taking his glasses off and on,
trying to get them perfectly clean
for the morning. I’m looking around
his dark room for a joke or some
decent words to lay on him. His eyes
glassy with almost-tears.
The world wants to call on him.
I take his hand in mine.

Jim Daniels won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for his book, Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies (Eastern Washington University Press, 2007). Two other books were published in 2007: his third collection of short fiction, Mr. Pleasant (Michigan State University Press), and his eleventh book of poems, In Line for the Exterminator (Wayne State University Press). In 2005, Jim Daniels wrote and produced the independent film “Dumpster,” and Street, a book of his poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky, won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association. In addition, he has edited or co-edited four anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. He is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Creative Writing Program.

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