”‘Assassins grow in purity:’ one of the many intriguing premises you’ll discover in SHIELD WALL, Dennis Daly’s deep excursion into the rondel. Here are sixty outings in this form, ranging from the ironic or devotional to the loving, militant, vernal, even gothic or surreal. Faithful to the rondel’s tight demands, Daly nevertheless creates a universe flexible in meter, line endings, and rhyme. His classical learning and devotion to the heritages of poetry infuse but never dominate this collection. Time spent inside SHIELD WALL will take you from beginning points like ‘A riptide wraps around my heart,’ leading you down unexpected paths."
-David P. Mille
Dennis Daly lives in Massachusetts. Daly graduated from Boston College and earned an M.A. in English Literature from Northeastern University. He has previously published nine books of poetry and poetic translations. Among other jobs Daly has worked as a dockworker, a Union Leader of a 9000-member industrial local, a city department head, and a community corrections director. He has traveled widely in central Asia.