Poets and words, a relationship built on endless frustration and betrayal. That’s not what I intended to say. Sorry, bard, that’s what you get with me. Certain poets embrace the ambiguity, as if potential misunderstandings raise a poem’s interest level. Not Jim Daniels. The author of sixteen collections of poetry, five books of fiction, and several film scripts, his deliberate, painstaking prose is as grounded as his native Detroit.
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If you’re at home watching a movie
on your movie-watching device of choice
and somebody calls you up
to say they’ve got some bad news
and you press pause
as the train pulls out of its dreamy station
and they tell you someone you love has died,
do you ever watch that movie again?
And if so, what happens when you reach
the part where you paused?
Or maybe you should just pick up
from that moment? Or should you
just leave it there, freezing the train
forever in that terrifying green valley?
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