Poetry is Dead Re-Visits the Life and Writing of Daniel Jones

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, Daniel Jones's beloved poetry collection, The Brave Never Write Poetry, serves as a reminder that the Toronto art scene was once scrappier, grimier and more debauched than it is today, says Nathaniel G. Moore in the magazine Poetry is Dead.

Moore also talks to many of the writers and editors who worked with the young poet, performed alongside him and admired his talent and candour.

The Brave Never Write Poetry is available in a reprint edition from Coach House:

'For me personally, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a punk anything in Toronto. When I was listening to Huey Lewis and the News, my mother’s copy of Twist and Shout on vinyl and watching Family Ties, Daniel Jones was launching his debut poetry collection, The Brave Never Write Poetry.

'Despite my generational handicap, and inability to see Toronto in any vulnerable or depraved state, I somehow could imagine Jones, known for his showmanship and occasionally rowdy readings, enjoying his role as a maniac in publishing circles.

'[Jones's agent, Jeffrey] Canton sums up the re-issues poignantly as our talk ends. “One thing that I think is really clear to anyone who has re-read The Brave is that the poems are startlingly fresh and evocative and full of such power 25 years after they were first published - and that's amazing. It is a book that is just as shocking and in your face and lovely and lyrical - it's survived the test of time.”'

Read the full article here.

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