Forth A Raven
Forth A Raven
“Davis brings a psychological acuity and a mythic, laconic approach (reminiscent sometimes of Louise Glück) to a spare universe of ravens, mountains and purgatorial reminiscences….a head-turning debut.”
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Christina Davis’ poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Jubilat, The May Anthologies (selected by Ted Hughes), New Republic, Pleiades, Paris Review and other publications. She is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship (selected by U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan) and residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, she is currently the curator of poetry at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University. She is currently completing her second collection of poems, Preludium.
“The poems in this first collection from Davis…are taut and spare and show an obvious love of language. A fine, compelling collection.”
“Christina Davis sends forth a wild bird in her magical first collection, and it carries messages that are at once oracular, urgent, and utterly authentic. She has inscribed a true book of mysteries.”
“These poems are so bright they hurt: urgent and necessary, they explode and shatter into original wholeness, reclaiming for Soul its own language—fierce, challenging, and spare. This is a book Emily would have kept by her bedside. About it, she might have said, ‘Here is a newness in the wind to trouble your attention.'”
“In the oddity and rightness of these poems, it’s ‘As if there were just one/of each word, and the one/who used it, used it up.’ Out of this economy, the voice that emerges—rueful like Dickinson, wryly charming like Szymborska—pushes the boundaries of contemporary lyric by being both runic and absolutely clear.”
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