About the Author, Daniel Padilla
Daniel Padilla studied writing at Albion College in Albion, Mich., University of Detroit-Mercy and Washburn University in Topeka, KS., and in several workshops. Also an artist specializing in pastel drawing, his writing is also enhanced by his studies of the visual arts in the streets, galleries and museums locally and throughout the United States as well as in Central America, South America and Europe. He lives and works in his studio in Plymouth.
"Even when Padilla’s speakers prove to find themselves immobile, or unmoving, as in “Wanderlust,” even in this static state the body still exists, there is the “I am” of presence, and through it all, even at its darkest hour, the heart still seeks: “my body/ambitious/desire.” Here in these poems, here in this world, “a light remains.” This is a book that, standing at the center of it all, speaking out to us from the heart”s deepest desire, is a voice that conjures up and paints for us a portrait of the artist as a young man, a young man who is a young poet who, like a child who sees more of the world than us adults do with our tired eyes, “build[s]/ ideas/ in a sandbox/ hoping for rain.”