The Wrenching of the Hip That Precedes the Blessing

By Daniel R. Jones

The Wrenching of the Hip That Precedes the Blessing

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  • ISBN: 9781725284029
  • Pages: 74
  • Publication Date: 10/14/2020
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The Wrenching of the Hip That Precedes the Blessing

By Daniel R. Jones

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725284029
  • Pages: 74
  • Publication Date: 10/14/2020
  • Retail Price: $9.00
Web Price: $7.20
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

What do you get when you cross the Good Samaritan, existential androids, and Midwestern pastoral scenes? Either a bad joke or the first poetry collection from Daniel R. Jones.



In equal parts levity and contemplation, Jones delivers a uniquely accessible poetic voice. Whether he’s exploring spirituality, the far-reaches of speculative fiction, or the tedium of life in a fly-over state, each piece is poignant and filled with a sense of quiet wonder.



The poems oscillate between lighthearted quipping (as seen in “To Caligula, from His Horse” and “Odin and I Race for the Runes”), wide-eyed introspection (as seen in “Veering” and “The Brunt of the Curse”), and spiritual rumination (as seen in “The Sheen in Dirty Things” and “Beyond the Balustrade”).



Whatever the subject-matter or style of the poem, these pieces are sure to satisfy, inviting the reader into transcendence—whether that be through laughter, contemplation of God, or self-reflection.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Daniel Jones is a master at wordplay and emotional gut punches, with a punchline to make you think in almost every poem. These poems are not work for the reader, they are a rich dessert to savor and roll around the tongue. Each work leaves a sense of satisfaction and the ‘Oh, yes!’ that great poems conjure.”

—Julia Gordon-Bramer, author of Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath



The Wrenching of the Hip That Precedes the Blessing is both heartfelt and relatable as a poetry collection. Jones weaves together words that will inspire you while marveling at their clever combinations and metaphors. This deeply personal collection is one that will appeal to a wide spectrum of poetry enthusiasts. From the wordplay and imagery in ‘Scenes from the Hoosier Countryside’ to the passion and anguish of ‘The Wolves Who Refuse to Lie Down with the Lamb,’ there’s something for everyone in this collection.”

—Tiffany Renee Harmon, editor-in-chief of Ephemeral Elegies



“Throughout The Wrenching of the Hip, Daniel Jones takes the reader through disparate moods and references—a choice of interior paint color becomes a war-like battle of wits, robots pontificate on the meaning of artificial life, Mormons and prostitutes and sea monsters pass by as if they were nothing, a fat editor skips lunch. But through this diverse collection of images, there is a sacred sincerity to every word. Each poem reads almost like a prayer to the omnipresent deity through which all things came to be. And to those prayers, I say yes and amen.”

—Nathaniel FitzGerald, independent musician and writer, South Bend, Indiana



“In reading this delightful book, I found Daniel’s poetic voice to be poignant, eclectic, unique and diverse. The wide range of subject matter, emotions, and tone with which he writes is refreshing and enjoyably challenging. With each poem, I allowed myself pause for contemplation to play with the revelations offered, both secretive and exposed. Some poems I found to be like an ordinary apple bin in a barn; if you don’t take the time for more than a nonchalant glance, you will miss the out-of-place diamonds which he’s hidden there.”

—Nanci Stoeffler, expressionistic artist, Stoeffler Art Studio

Contributors-

Daniel R. Jones

Bio(s)-

Daniel R. Jones is a writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his MFA degree from Lindenwood University. Previously, he’s been published in over a dozen journals, newspapers, and magazines, including Altered Reality, Parody Poetry, the South Bend Tribune, and Time of Singing. He was a 2017 nominee for the Rhysling Award with the Speculative Fiction Poetry Association and won an award for best poem in the 2013 edition of Crossings, Bethel College’s literary journal.

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