Jim Daniels

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  • Rookie Shelley Leedahl (6/28/2011 5:02:00 PM)

    Strong piece... and a great teaching poem. It demonstrates how one can begin by describing a situation and then how one line ('We both wanted to know\something about somebody.') elevates the piece into a more philosophical\intellectual realm. Then back to description of the 'scene, ' followed by a new description, the snow and streetlights slowing the pace, and the whisper, yes, the whisper. Love this! Shelley A. Leedahl (Edmonton, AB Canada)

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Best Poem of Jim Daniels


She danced in front of the window,
snowflakes glowing behind her
under the streetlight. The blue silk blouse
slipped off her arms and floated out of sight.
Black slacks into a shadow, then
the quick shiver, the beautiful awkward gesture
into nakedness. Her skin startled me--
luminous or pale, depending. We didn't know

each other well, but it was my turn,
so I raised my arms above my head
and tried to shake. We both wanted to know
something about somebody. My clothes
piled beneath me in a clump.

The striptease didn't do much
for either ...

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