Clean was a finalist for the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
David J. Daniels
Winner of The Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry
From the “basement / of that suburban church with its sad paint / job in Texas” to an old drag queen’s
“parlor,” “that bazaar of flounce, chintz, feathers,” Clean, the award-winning collection by David J.
Daniels, tears back the curtain of life to expose gorgeousness and grit. These poems pay homage to the
addict, the grandmother, the closeted, and the lover, to the dead, the dying, and the living who refuse to
“Glory Hole,” from Clean:
Those lepers must've wept like drama queens When Francis opened up his robes to show Where he was likewise bleeding. I would've wept. Haven't I wept over men whose bodies bore No miracles? And posed for them, entranced, Through bathroom stalls? Haven't I always posed
Which would most reveal? What did he prove,
Reveling with his wounds exposed?
He passeth through are entrances—