Daniel Morris If Not for the Courage

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If Not for the Courage

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Poetry. "Everyday life in the household and memory of Daniel Morris's suburban Jewish professor-poet and father of toddlers has rarely been rendered with the energy, good humor, and luminous detail we meet in Daniel Morris's IF NOT FOR THE COURAGE. These poems are at once hilarious and heartbreaking; they take us straight to the scene of the crime, allowing us to witness the most absurd and agonizingly funny moments of daily routine against the backdrop of unrelieved media blitz. The courage of Morris's title is evident throughout"--Marjorie Perloff.

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Daniel Morris's poetry has appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Western Humanities Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, and other journals. Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, Morris has published scholarly books on William Carlos Williams and on how contemporary American authors have responded to modern painting. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Joy, and young sons, Isaac and Aaron. He is the author of the poetry collections IF NOT FOR THE COURAGE and BRYCE PASSAGE, both from Marsh Hawk Press.

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These poems were dictated in Delirium, Indiana, by the Spiritual Form of Dan Morris to the Emanation of Frank O'Hara in a yarmulke who was trying to rewrite Paterson sideways. It's gaiety is exhilarating and impressive. This is a serious view of our culture and history. Morris has a wonderful ear for the sounds and rhythms of American speech. Like Williams. Like O'Hara. --Barry Goldensohn

The ever-optimistic-ever-pessimistic-against-all-odds narrator of the poems in Daniel Morris's If Not for the Courage pours forth an infectious goofiness of commentary whether treading on our media mythos or reminding us in such family poems as Hannahspoon how, almost darkly, adults and their children wage their affectionate and affecting wars. Chekhov, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, they last, because they never mention a brand of anything, let alone knickers, says one of Morris s beloved teachers. Au contraire! Even as Morris aims with a brave squinted eye at his and our own post-20th century poetics, his poems cut two ways, to the bone and to the funny bone. --Michael Heller

Everyday life in the household and memory of Daniel Morris's suburban Jewish-professor-poet and father of toddlers has rarely been rendered with the energy, good humor, and luminous detail we meet in Daniel Morris s If not for the Courage. These poems are at once hilarious and heart-breaking; they take us straight to the scene of the crime, allowing us to witness the most absurd and agonizingly funny moments of daily routine against the backdrop of unrelieved media blitz. The courage of Morris's title is evident throughout. --Marjorie Perloff

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