Barbara Daniels

Barbara Daniels read for the Everett Series on Tuesday, April 20. Her book, Rose Fever: Poems was published by WordTech Press. She received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, was awarded a full fellowship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center, and earned an MFA in poetry at Vermont College. Her chapbook, The Woman Who Tries to Believe, won the Quentin R. Howard Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Ars Medica, Natural Bridge, Blueline, and many other journals.  She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and has lived in New Jersey for many years. 

“Barbara Daniels’ Rose Fever begins with poems about a life constrained and a life seized, which introduce a motif of spunk and survival that extends through the book. But what most distinguishes these fine poems is language that is as precise as it is sensuous. And behind it is a keen, guiding intelligence, and an ability to affirm even amidst the chaotic and the fraught. In the title poem, her feverish speaker says, ‘Wetness shines there,’ referring to the tide that washes up near her feet. Disparities don’t bother Daniels. Instead, she makes a poetry of them.”—Stephen Dunn

“The poems of Barbara Daniels present us with an unusually bracing combination of wit and rue. Their speaker is always smart and level headed, and she bravely stares back at loss—doing so without at the same time succumbing to loss of faith. Through honest self-appraisal and a sure command of craft, she manages to delight and instruct us at once. This is no easy task.”—David Wojahn