The Dandelion Clock, by Daniel Tiffany
It seems no mistake that a telephone (albeit a broken one) graces the cover of Dandelion Clock as Daniel Tiffany's poems are composed of calls and responses; each call the scrap of a Middle English lyric, even as each response sings back in contemporary American vernacular(s). While the linguistic textures find their origins medieval poetry, the art of sampling and improvising brings us back to the present, where “pocket rhapsodies” are stitched together of fabricated voices. “It is worth noting that the poems from which I have drawn the Middle English fragments,” he writes, “often survived only through citation in treatises condemning their vernacular origins.” Readers interested in language issues will want to read this book along with other Tinfish titles such as Sista Tongue, by Lisa Linn Kanae and Contemplations on Pidgin Culture, by Lee Tonouchi.
Cover art by Gaye Chan
Interior Design by Sumet (Ben) Viwatmanitsakul
The book can be ordered through the website, or from Tinfish Press, 47-728 Hui Kelu Street #9, Kane`ohe, Hawai`i 96744, or from Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, California (spdbooks.org).