”‘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 has published seven books of poetry and poetic translations, including THE DEVIL'S ARTISAN: SONNETS FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENVENUTO CELLINI (Dos Madres Press, 2019), PANTOUMS (Dos Madres Press, 2018), and NIGHT WALKING WITH NATHANIEL (Dos Madres Press, 2014). He is the translator of Alisher Navoiy's TWENTY-ONE GHAZALS (Cervena Barva Press, 2016). Daly graduated from Boston College and has an MA in English Literature from Northeastern University. 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 travelled widely in central Asia. Dennis Daly lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne. They have four adult children. Author City: SALEM, MA USA