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Description - How to Catch a Falling Knife by Daniel Johnson

How to Catch a Falling Knife is a perfect title for this book: there is danger, playfulness, impossibilities made possible, and surprise, in varying doses, in every poem! Most of all though, what I end up loving most about these spare, intense poems, is their heart, their urgent, nutty, burning, utterly whole heart.--Thomas Lux Like an album of photographic negatives, this book is transformed by light, inhabited by family, illness, mortality, and faith. Daniel Johnson hammers plain speech into exquisite song that is celebratory, mysterious, and elegiac. This transfixing collection resounds with what's left unsaid. From Hungry for Wonder: Smoke smeared the sky.the sun was a hole, but my mother wouldn't believe the river was burning.Another drowned twin, a two-headed perch: perhaps, but water, brown and crookedas it was, still wouldn't burn.Must be a mill caught fire, my mother said. Daniel Johnson's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2007, The Iowa Review, American Letters & Commentary, and I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio. Johnson is the founding director of 826 Boston and teaches writing in public schools, hospitals, and prisons. He lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781882295791
ISBN-10: 188229579X
Format: Paperback / softback
(211mm x 137mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Alice James Books
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including "The Best American Poetry 2007," "The Iowa Review," "American Letters & Commentary," and "I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio." Johnson is the founding director of 826 Boston and teaches writing in public schools, hospitals, and prisons. He lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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