Poetry. "The passionate images and staunch heart of these poems plunge us deep into the life of the body—and the mystery within and beyond it. The poet knows that whatever we encounter—a face in the bathroom mirror, a dead lover's shirt, even a wig, unexpectedly reimagined—can liberate the true self beneath our fears and disguises. Unsparing yet generous, THE RED HANDKERCHIEF leaves me surprised by hope."—Joan Larkin
"A red handkerchief is to open shirts and tawny skin as hustlers and drag queens are to settings of memory, desire, and initiation—'black pools of mirrors, numbers and rooms.' Shapiro's poems liken the signs of sexual pursuit to pathways on a cultural quest of 'clouds to mean / hope instead of loss.' Whether light can prevail is the unease that connects New York to Havana and Guadalajara, on night journeys that a last breath can still commemorate."—Roberto Tejada
Daniel Shapiro received an M.F.A. from the University of Montana. His poems, prose, and translations have appeared in American Book Review, American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Confrontation, Poetry Northwest, Words Without Borders, and Yellow Silk. He is the author of CHILD WITH A SWAN'S WINGS (Dos Madres Press, 2018), THE RED HANDKERCHIEF AND OTHER POEMS (Dos Madres Press, 2013), and the translator of Cipango, by Chilean poet Tomás Harris (2010; starred review, Library Journal). Shapiro has received translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN for Cipango and for Mexican writer Roberto Ransom's Desaparecidos, animales y artistas (Missing Persons, Animals and Artists, forthcoming, 2017). He lives in New York City, where he serves as a Distinguished Lecturer and Editor of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas at The City College of New York, CUNY.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA