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Thin Ice Olympics


Jeffrey McDaniel



Arranged mostly chronological, the book is a poetic dream diary, charting the psyche of a citizen of America, isolating in a village in the Hudson Valley, during the Covid pandemic, with a wife and teenage daughter. Swerving between dazed loneliness, grief, and dark comedy, the poetic speaker considers mortality, as death encroaches. The speaker yearns for connection with loved ones, both living and gone. At times profane and brash, at other times tender and sincere. The poems are natural in the throat as speech, and yet energized by explosive metaphor, achieving moments of bruised pathos and temporary enlightenment.

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