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Poetry at Literati: Raymond McDaniel

Literati is thrilled to welcome back poet Raymond McDaniel who will read from his new collection The Cataracts.

And for every copy of Cataracts ordered through Literati, Ray will be donating two dollars to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. 

About The Cataracts:
Poetry as Escher: shifting perspective, a landscape that doesn't stand still, and questions that fold in on themselves.

"A registering, a remembering, a naming, a seeing behind and beyond seeing: The Cataracts is a book of blindness and insight, offering a tenderly, sometimes painfully, scrutinized world. With gorgeous catalogs, reticulated narratives, and aphoristic summings-up, McDaniel offers a mode of neo-Stoic inquiry into ethics and epistemology, of 'logopoeia, ' the dance of the intellect. Here too are sharpened senses, alert to 'the emerald blur' of a richly greened world, to 'the sea the stupid wall exists to stop, ' to trip-wired words and moonlit reflections. McDaniel is an astute, generous poet of human stupidity and longing, and his is a mature, ramifying sensibility, alive to the profound tension between the many and the one, the pressure of multitudes and the requirement to declare oneself. These poems both name the wounds and refuse easy balm. As the title of one stunning long poem has it, 'This Is Going to Hurt.'" --Maureen McLane

"Raymond McDaniel has always been the most brilliant of poets--razor sharp in intellect, take-no-prisoners in form. What is new in The Cataracts is a broader, more hospitable ease with the legible forms of feeling, with even--remarkable!--the partial lineaments of narrative. Make no mistake: this is narrative-with-leverage; the poet's dazzling mind-play is perfectly intact. Among the other gifts these poems have to offer is a penetrating inquiry into the physics, the metaphysics, and the brutal socioeconomics of sight. From its ravishing title poem to its most excoriating political critiques, this is a book for which I am profoundly grateful." --Linda Gregerson

Raymond McDaniel is the author of Special Powers and AbilitiesSaltwater Empire and Murder (a violet), a National Poetry Series selection. Born in Florida, McDaniel now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, teaches at the University of Michigan, and writes for The Constant Critic.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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ISBN: 9781566894937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - January 9th, 2018