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The Forgiveness Parade

Jeffrey McDaniel

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There is a fine line between irony and insincerity...a line that is apparently a bit too narrow for many contemporary authors to avoid stumbling over. Which is no great surprise, sinceit seems the moment one steps into the realm of poeticMoreThere is a fine line between irony and insincerity...a line that is apparently a bit too narrow for many contemporary authors to avoid stumbling over. Which is no great surprise, since it seems the moment one steps into the realm of poetic self-revelation it becomes a matter of when, not if, this well-intentioned honesty will eventually go awry. The formula for disaster is easy to predict: the poignant memories are too poignant, the nostalgia too nostalgic, the heartbreakingly genuine confessions just a tad too heartbreakingly genuine. Yet this is a predicament which poet Jeffrey McDaniel, in his sophomore collection The Forgiveness Parade, surprisingly manages to avoid. Mostly.Though the number of poets who write like McDaniel could probably fill a football stadium, there appear to be few who can pull off his mixture of sarcasm, humor and empathy without coming across as jaded hipster word-manglers. Thats not to say he doesnt occasionally drop a line which makes the reader wonder just what the hell he was thinking —  as in the sadistically romantic Part Three, where he enumerates tale after tale of soured love and bizarre attraction (some of which are so bizarre they cease to make sense). But in a clever twist of poetic license, McDaniel has managed to turn those wince-inducing moments into instances of revelatory, unapologetic humility. Rather than detracting from the overall strength of the work, such apparent weaknesses provide the momentum that propels his writing forward...writing which is subtly self-deprecating, unabashedly (and perhaps even intentionally) flawed, yet still strangely compassionate.(associatedcontent.com)