In the Kingdom of Autumn
|Daniel Thomas Moran|
Page Count: 120
Publication Date: Thursday, March 05, 2020
Cover Artwork: Photograph by the author of his handmade Windsor chair, against the backdrop of the Warner River, New Hampshire, USA
About this Book
Moranís is an egalitarian poetry which will attract readers who do not usually read poetry and this is as great an achievement as any high modernist grail.
Fierce argument is not his motive for writing poetry, but more a wish to repair and preserve timeówith all the risks and opportunities that implies. Moran looks at the moment straight-on and makes it worthy of our attention. We are taught that unity, symmetry and beauty are judgments for art; I would add clarity, intensity and sincerity. These are real words for real people.
Moranís work is a refreshing change after the syntactical pyrotechnics which contemporary poetry sometimes offers. It is a relief to find work that seeks profundity in the everyday, without inversions, or obscurity.
Moran writes about simple, seemingly insignificant, everyday occurrences and he marvels at them. This is certainly not to say he looks for meaning in these occurrences; he does not. Rather, he is satisfied with an unreasoned fascination.
A deceptive simplicity and the clarity of intentions in his phrases from the very first poem to the last. I'm reading it over and over again.
Daniel Thomas Moran, born in New York City in 1957, earned a Baccalaureate in Biology from Stony Brook University in 1979 and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University in 1983. He is the author of eleven previous collections of poems which include Here in the Afterlife (Integral Contemporary Literature Press/Romanian translation by Lidia Vianu (The University of Bucharest, 2017), A Shed for Wood (2014, Salmon Poetry), Nieve de Agosto y otros poemas (Diaz Grey Editores/ Spanish translation by Mariela Dreyfus, New York University, 2014), Looking for the Uncertain Past (Poetry Salzburg, 2006), From HiLo to Willow Pond (Street Press, 2002), and In Praise of August (Canioís Editions, 1998).
His poems and essays have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Humanist, Columbia Journal, Confrontation, Commonweal, Contemporary Literature Review India, Exit 13, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Guardian, Hektoen International, iManhattan, Instanbul Literature Review, The Journal of The American Medical Association, Levure Litteraire, Literary Matters, Medical Humanities Journal, Nonadís Choir, Nassau Review, Opium, Poetry Salzbug Review, Prairie Poetry, Rattapallax, The Recorder, Sfera Eonica, The Journal of Dental Humanities, Street Magazine, The Seventh Quarry, Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry and Prose (Bright Hill Press), New Contrast: South Africa Literary Journal and VIA:Voices in Italian Americana (Bordighera Press).
He was appointed Poet Laureate by The Legislature of Suffolk County, NY in 2005, and was Vice-President of The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. His collected papers are being archived in The Dept. of Special Collections of The Frank Melville, Jr. Library at Stony Brook. He is also Chairman of The Deanís Advisory Board for The University Libraries at Stony Brook. He has collaborated with artists worldwide as part of the Austria based Password Project and also in collaboration in The Ekphrasis Project with artist Gerrit Joost de Jonge of The Netherlands. He has been an ordained Humanist Minister since 2005 and is presently Arts Editor for The Humanist magazine in Washington, D.C.
After being in the private practice of dentistry for twenty-six years, and five years teaching, in 2013 he retired as Clinical Assistant Professor from Boston Universityís School of Dental Medicine, where he twice earned national awards for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. In 2011, he was honored by being selected to deliver the School of Dental Medicineís Commencement Address. In 2019, he was honored by being asked to read a poem of his at the inauguration of New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. In addition, Dr. Moran is a skilled maker of Windsor Chairs. He and his wife Karen live on The Warner River in Webster, New Hampshire.