Reviews and Comments


This is what people said about the poetry in this book (in reverse chronological order – most recent first):


By Donna Bamford, July, 2006

Published in the Flesherton Advance, July 12, 2006


To appreciate Daniel Kolos’s poetry I think it is necessary to understand a bit about his life.  He was born in Hungary, raised in Budapest where as he says “poetry was a part of family and school life.”  He was then transplanted to rural Pennsylvania where he started writing poetry in high school (1958 - 1962).  He studied poetry at the University of Pennsylvania as part of an English literature course.  There he also studied Biblical poetry first in English and then in Biblical Hebrew.  He did a stint with the American army in 66-68 and then went on the study ancient Egyptian language and do an MA.  At the University of Toronto including studying thought couplets as the basic form in Egyptian poetry.

         This is not your polite, restrained, Anglo- Saxon poetry that we were encouraged to read in English 101.  This is a far earthier, natural, often even bawdier poetry than  you will find  in English 101.  Daniel Kolos was a (freelance) radio broadcaster with the CBC for many years.  He now has an organic farm in Grey County where he raises sheep among other things.  He returned to writing poetry several years ago and it too has become one of his passions.

There are poems in here about mushroom picking, his introduction to t he poetry of Villon and then a more concrete introduction to joys of physical love.  Daniel Kolos is not afraid to talk about his sexual experiences - something the Anglo - Saxon poets I was raised on rarely do.  But it is not without humour and fun.  There is much  which is influenced by his interest in Egyptology  and just as much about important events like 9/11 and the light of the full moon.

                         Midsummer’s Day Musings

                    The hay stands high,

                     The yellow flowers of the rapeseed

                     Feed an army of honeybees

                    The summer breeze keep the raptors floating,

                     Their bellies bloating with field mice……

                    Blessed be the land, the spring, the fresh air and the sun,

                    I am happy, satisfied and my musings are done                


                    This is pure Kolos:  the land, health, happiness-- yet not without musings, not without awareness.  It is refreshing, it is rambunctious, it is erotic and it is full of life and the love of life.  We look forward to more poetry.

                                                                                     Donna Bamford



Margot Van Sluytman

June, 2006


Your poem, Manure and Land Tenure, the last stanza speaks to me: 'Come out of your caves, leave your homes and dance with us.’  Your voice echoes with the clarity of poetry’s brushstrokes which eat myth, swallow magic, and lay bare vision.


Margot/Raven Speaks
Palabras Press
Margot Van Sluytman
211 Hunter Street, East
Suite 417

Peterborough, ON
K9J 7B5



Reviewed by Katerina Fretwell, August, 2004

Published in Prairie Fire in November, 2004

        Droll and sensuous, Egyptologist Daniel Kolos informs Slipped Out, his first book of poetry, with an infectious imagination and keen intellect.  Born in Hungary, Daniel Miklos Kolos started writing poetry in high school, studied poetry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Biblical poetry first in English and then in Biblical Hebrew. Widely traveled, he took an M.A., University of Toronto, 1975, in Ancient Egyptian language. Photos of his travels to archeological digs and museums greatly enhance the authenticity of his poetic wanderings. Especially noteworthy is Gavin Stairs' reproduction of Kolos' translation of Penn Kemp's Poem For Peace in Two
Voices into Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics, (page 74).
        He is at his best when immersed in another persona, say in the poem, "Ancient Egypt," (pages 71 - 73):
                To the post-structuralist philosopher
                Your stone walls are puzzles like fractal conifer
                And your garbage is your collective unconscious.

where wit and erudition combust into fresh vision uncannily expressed.  Here, Kolos' use of rhyme  fits the gently satiric tone seamlessly.  Sometimes, however, the rhyme stultifies Kolos' fecund and inventive imagination, as in the poem "One Voice, One Mind" (page 64) where hackneyed phrases such as "purple majesty" and "golden voice" creep in. The poet's gifts, such as his wide-ranging and encyclopedic musings, can only improve with ruthless editing.  Such a taut exorcism would far better showcase his astonishing juxtapositions.
        Fortunately, closely observed and generously perceived witticisms abound, for example in "Grey Country Spring" (page 24):
                Those few bugs
                that struggle back into life
                from a winter of deadly isolation,
                fly over a sea of yellow and blue flowers
                and alight on one, or the other,
                their phallic feeders
                pushing and probing, groping for the elixir.

The poem, if ended there, aptly describes Kolos' robustly fecund approach to poetry as well as to life. The final expository stanza is unnecessary:  "The invitation to life/ has gone out and has been answered."
        Kolos, at his best an emerging, powerful voice indeed, pushes and probes as many subjects as his vast imagination alights upon, and his generosity of spirit always gropes for the elixir.


Slipped Out, a compilation of poems by Daniel Kolos, spanning form a 1968 haiku to a 2003 meditation on war, is as diverse and exuberant as its author’s passions. Akin to a heavier-handed Zagejewski or Kaplinski, Kolos’s forte is the philosophical musing. In “Absurdities,” a narrative on the paradoxes that continuously operate beneath the surface of our hypocritical society, Kolos is pointed and pithy. He wonders why his neighbour’s wife will not break her vows though her husband has “three more wives back home.He questions why his doctor promotes Prozac instead of St.John’s Wort, concluding that the doctor’s real profession is to attend to the “circulation of money.Politically speaking, Kolos’s sequence of pieces on farming, especially, “Where is Nature,” remind us of the thin divide between the pristine and the constructed, evolving a mythologically-engaged ecology.

His eclectic reading habits bubble up in poems on Lewis Lapham’s concept of the Comfort Zone, Ioan Culianu’s “Eros and Magic in the Renaissance,” and, most successfully, in “Ode to Villon.This piece burbles with Zorba the Greek joie de vivre as it recounts an erotic quest for the delicacies of a “thick line of black hair…from edible  lips/all the way up to [the] navel.In poems such as this and the bawdy doggerel, “Domestic Servitude,” Kolos injects Canadian poetry with a lewd enthusiasm it often lacks.

Many pieces in this slim volume however, would benefit from a tighter form, a looser rhythm and a more poetic approach to the music of language. In “Midsummer Day’s Musings,” for example, what begins with focused lucidity descends into jangling rhyme “the pond is dry/the well is walled up/the children cry/the plumber’s called up,” while “Toxic Shock” presents an overly sentimental response to 9-11 that shrinks from the complexities of the crime. Slipped Out features a smattering of rural and paternal pictures of the author and, most interestingly, a translation of Penn Kemp’s “Poem for Peace in two Voices” into a colourful tablet of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Kolos obviously adds an enriching sensibility to the Canadian poetry
scene. Slipped out only needs to rein itself in a bit more, linguistically speaking, to be a potent offering of verse.

Catherine Owen
Richmond, BC
July 5/04


A title worthy of interest is Grey County's Egyptologist Daniel Kolos with Slipped Out. His love of ancient Egypt sometimes invests poems that are very much about the here-and-now. With great humour, wisdom, and tenderness, Kolos versifies about love and life. The language is informal and conversational, but skillfully (sic) rhythmic.

Fergus-Elora News Express   Wednesday, June 2, 2004   Book Review - Page 21 - Books that cross boundaries BY SHEILA O'HEARN NEWS EXPRESS STAFF WRITER





Dear Daniel:
Thank you for the impromptu generosity last Wednesday night at the Art Bar. I value my copy of "Slipped Out." I should have asked you to autograph it. Until I read it last night, I had regarded you as a mystagogue who led trips to Sacred Egypt (to quote the title of a book by Paul Brunton) and made mysterious remarks about BenBen. Now I regard you as a lively and intriguing poet. I was taken by surprise by many poems in the book, notably "Absurdities" "Ode to Villon," and "Hey King!" I could add others to the list. Some of the other poems had points of interest but to my ear could have made good use of regular formal structure to allow the invention and variations to work. I have no idea what "Kolos" means in Hungarian, but in my English lexicon it means "Read this poet!"

John Robert Colombo
Colombo & Company

November 30th, 2003


”It was a poetry lover's dream!”


Nicki Cruickshank in The Durham Chronicle, Front Page, Wednesday, November 26, 2003, in a review of Daniel Kolos’ launching “Slipped Out” at Fred Turner’s Bookshop in the village of Durham.



"Slipped Out" is a sensual delight.  By turns witty and erotic, thoughtful and confrontational, Daniel reflects on current world events and our primal connection with the earth....

from a review from Orangeville and the Caledon Hills, “In the Hills, A Magazine of Country Living in the Headwaters Region, Vol. 10, No. 4, Winter, 2003, p. 18 




Your poetry is remarkable.  Your words grab the feelings with intensity and warmth.  You are one heck of a poet, DanielThank you ever so much for being our feature.  (November 21, 2003)


Ms. Annie Horvath
Director & Host: The Poetry Tribe at CrossXroads
Poetry Editor Ex-Officio: The MacGuffin, Schoolcraft College
Literary Journal, Livonia MI. 
Editor: The Poetry Tribe Review Anthology

from an e-mail message after Daniel featured reading at the Plymouth (Michigan) Coffee Bean Company venue


Daniel's reading was excellent; his humour is deliciously wicked and so is his book!


From Katerina Fretwell (e-mail to Penn Kemp, publisher of Slipped Out - Pendas Poetry Series 2 – after a reading at the Station Gallery, Parry Sound, on November 1, 2003)



I like, admire “Butterflies’.

It is a real poem.

Every word – line – is a surprise.

It is an image that moves feeling.

And so is soul-full.


Astrid Wayman

Eugenia, Ontario

Columnist, The Felsherton Advance

commenting on the first poem in the recently published poetry collection, Slipped Out

October, 2003



Daniel Kolos is good! 
Jill Williams, Guest Editor for the Premier issue of Quills, the Canadian Poetry Magazine, Winter 2004, in which “Full Moon” from the Slipped Out poetry collection appears   (September 10, 2003 e-mail to Penn Kemp)


Thanks you for the wonderful poems.

-Byron Sheardown (Publisher, Quills, The Canadian Poetry Magazine, in August, 2003, upon receiving two poems as submissions to the Premier Issue – “Full Moon” published in Slipped Out was accepted!)


Your real life voice is warm and resonant with joie de vivre, and so is this poetry.  Best of all its funny --and sexy, like you.
Elizabeth Moes, Toronto, June 21, 2003


Daniel I love your poems.  Especially ‘One Voice, One Mind’Powerful!”


Ms. Annie Horvath, in April, 2003

upon accepting 3 poems from Slipped Out, ‘One Voice, One Mind,’ ‘Mud to Dust,’ and ‘Beltane Fires’ were accepted for the Poetry Tribe Review Anthology
Director & Host: The Poetry Tribe at CrossXroads
Poetry Editor Ex-Officio: The MacGuffin, Schoolcraft College
Literary Journal, Livonia MI. 
Editor: The Poetry Tribe Review Anthology



”…Egyptian mysticism and imagery are the breath and substance of his (poetry).”


Astrid Wayman

Flesherton Advance

February 19, 2003, Vol. 120, No.31, page 16

Commenting on a featured reading in Eugenia, Ontario from theunpublished manuscript of Slipped Out



“Your finely woven erotica really turns me on!”


Interviewer, after reading poetry being collected for publication, on CFOS AM radio, Owen Sound

May, 2001