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"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric,
but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry."

  - Yeats


Groundlings of
Divine Will

Skylight Press
ISBN: 978-1-908011-08-4
128 pages
Skylight Press
ISBN: 978-1-908011-18-3
80 pages
Skylight Press
ISBN: 978-1-908011-66-4
104 pages
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What others have said about Daniel's Books:

"Daniel Staniforth's book of poems Weaver in the Sluices is an intermixing of zones where the light of the waking body rises and transmixes its power with falling uranian whispers. These poems exist at the cusp where both realities overspill and condense, making fleeting forays into the unsayable."
— Will Alexander

"In Weaver in the Sluices, Daniel Staniforth pulls variously from Bardic tradition, contemporary lament, and surrealist landscapes to "filter the nutrients of thought." The poet invokes erotic passion and political protest alike, all while navigating the "midriff of the sun," "star-widths of fancy," and the "nape of the sea." In these poems, such wonders shift continually between foreground and background to portray a world where, ultimately, "the hollows subsume the shape."
— Elizabeth Robinson,

"Composer and musical producer as well as poet, what strikes me most profoundly about Staniforth's work is his training as a musical instrument luthier, a skill as sensitive as it is intuitive. For it is this sensitivity and intuition, this fine-tuning, that is most uniquely present in Weaver in the Sluices. These poems spring resonant from the page. It is especially in the imagery of the longer pieces that the poet's originality shines. A book to be savoured!"
— Margaret Randall

"There is a strong current of Englishness weaving through Daniel's work and a deep connection with natural magic and the soul of the land, but it is diverse enough to take in the bleak and the gritty as well as his finely crafted dreamworlds."
— Rebecca Wilby

"Daniel Staniforth guides us through the sluices of the world through which the indescribable vitality of life pours through, impossible yet real, a paradox of being. These 100 or so poems, skillfully crafted and fraught with beauty, bend language into otherworldly shapes in order to whisper that which eludes speech. Fantastic stuff."
— David Bowles

"Diddle is packed with stories that fully articulate their premise and characters, coil like a spring, and then come to fruition when you least expect it. They have a genuine and original rhythm, one that will make you think differently about what fiction can do."
— Brian Evenson

"A very old nursery rhyme (16th century England maybe) strings these 11 stories together, looping them back to an English home country - on a very long and elastic tether. Did I say funny? The stories are terrible. Grotesque. Tragic. Weird. Unsettling. Full of rifts and panic. And hilarious. And very very American. Each different tale could be located in no other nation. But -like the rhyme's fragments that function as titles- the language too yanks a reader back. No American would use language like this - plunging out of the on-going rush of an unfolding tale like Judy's clown punch. Only a poet who lives several lives can get us readers to hear and see this way. Take the trip with him."
— Martha King

"With the poise and spark of a master storyteller, Daniel Staniforth presents an alchemical phantasmagoria of loosely connecting figures moving like ghosts on the liminality of their adopted culture. Tempered always with warmth and wit, Diddle achieves a lightness of narrative touch which shimmers over the profundity of human experience for the detached and displaced."
— Rebecca Wilby

"I really enjoyed Diddle. Read it through at a gallop. Had a good brood. Delightful, enviable concept: the jolly rhythms and absurd imagery of the innocent nursey rhyme linking modern American experiences that seem to be simple, but which are fraught with undercurrents. There's a sharpness, a pleasing kind of uneasiness in it, that I couldn't quite put my finger on... I'm off to read it again. There are things going on beneath other things. It's dead good."
— Alan Richardson

" ...the work he does is really unusual, strange, interesting! I love the ways he uses language, and his ear is terrific..."
— Rikki Ducornet

"I read through The Groundlings of Divine Will yesterday evening, getting more enthused with it the further I progressed, as what at first looked as if it might be a mildly amusing academic squib turned out to be a wildly bemusing cultural banger..."
— Gareth Knight

"I could just see him sitting in a candled room in Mortlake, letting rip with his companion, saying all those things about Will that others can't or won't see, and probably doesn't see himself. It actually reads out loud rather well, like a barbarous invocation of arcane and possibly unknowable powers."
— Alan Richardson

"Written in period vernacular and ablaze with fire, the killing of heretics, sorcerers, witches, mediums and wizards, classical and mythological references, the Gods of love, which seep in and out of the plays, the book highlights the themes that would have been more pronounced in Shakespeare's time. The groundlings, imbued with folklore and paganism, see what characters represent and hide, connect Hamlet with Dr. Dee, note the shadowy characters, enjoy Iago's lies, Lear's fool and Hamlet's gravedigger and all the allegories..."
— David Caddy (Tears in the Fence)

Recent Interview with Daniel on Chris Hill's Song of the Sea God Blog
Review of The Groundlings of Divine Will in Tears in the Fence Literary Journal

Daniel's poetry has also appeared in:

Rogue Poetry Review
The Houston Literary Review
In Stereo Press Audio Zine
Monkey Puzzle Press
Not Enough Night

Tears in the Fence




As a writers and composers, Daniel Staniforth and Rebsie Fairholm like to craft
"Sonic Poemscapes,” hybrid pieces that cloak the spoken word with an array of sound treatments - anywhere from ethereal to disturbing.


RUINS with Margaret Randall

RUINS Promotional Video

(Click on the photos to listen to more Sonic Poemscapes)

Omar Nasr: drums, synthesizers
Daniel Staniforth: vocals
Daniel Staniforth: synthesizers, vocals
Rebsie Fairholm: vocals
Daniel Staniforth: vocals, cello, Recorder
Rebsie Fairholm: vocals
Daniel Staniforth: Cello
Rebsie Fairholm: vocals
Daniel Staniforth: organ, drums, bass, vocals

Daniel Staniforth: synthesizers, vocals
Rebsie Fairholm: vocals
Daniel Staniforth: synthesizers, cello
Randolf Ambrose: drums, synthesizers
Daniel Staniforth: vocals
Josh Bagel: drums, synthesizers,
Daniel Staniforth: bells, samples, recorder, vocals
Daniel Staniforth: guitars, bass, drums, vocals


See videos for "The Ruin" and "Staggering Space"

Here is a collection of Live Readings & Performances:
(Click on the links to listen)

G-Spot Performed at Naropa University, July 11th 2009.
Poetry by Anne Waldman - Cello by Daniel Staniforth

Improvosition for Cello & Piano Performed at Naropa University, July 11th,2009.
Cello by Daniel Staniforth - Piano by Rodrigo Gonzalez

Wild is the Wind Performed at the LAUNCH Concert, June 12th 2009
Vocals & Guitar by Daniel Staniforth - Saxaphone by Mark Miller

Fireworks at Makr-al-Deeb by Daniel Staniforth at Naropa University, July 4th 2008
(includes some graphic language)

3 Poems by Pierre Joris at Naropa University, July 11th 2008
with piano duet by Daniel Staniforth & Soledad D'Costa

3 Poems by Raymond Federman at Naropa University, July 11th 2008,
with piano duet by Daniel Staniforth & Rodrigo Gonzalez