Diddle is a sequence of absurd, impossible, but faintly connected stories about immigrants living in the USA that serves to deconstruct the “American Dream” mythos. Each story exemplifies the experience of life for outsiders in the US, along with the impossibility of absolute acculturation. A dozen short stories are each generated out of a line from the old nursery rhyme, laced with double entendres, multiple meanings and overlaps. Written by a poet with a rich touch of language, these tales question the very notion of identity and belonging, presenting instead the amalgamated state that most people are forced to live in.
“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 (author of Fugue State, Last Days, and The Open Curtain)
“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 (author of In Different Skies and This Wretched Splendour)
Born in Edgbaston and brought up in Clapham and later Bolton, Daniel Staniforth writes poetry, fiction and literary analysis and is also a consummate musician. As a co-founder of Skylight Press, Daniel has edited several collections of work by other poets.
He currently lives in Colorado and teaches English at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He also served for three years at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics’ Summer Writing Programme. Following a childhood as a cello prodigy, he became an incredibly diverse all-round multi-instrumentalist and composer, working in collaboration with fellow Skylighter Rebsie Fairholm. In addition to several CD releases, their music has featured in stage productions at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre and the National Media Centre in Nathupur, India, as well as two feature films directed by John Hartman.