Scrimmage of Appetite

Scrimmage of Appetite

by Jon Davis
     
 

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If Walt Whitman had come back to face America at the end of the 20th Century, these are the poems he might have written. Whether adapting the long Whitmanian line, reinventing the prose poem, or alternating lyric and prose meditations, Jon Davis has taken the measure of these times and found a world where virtue has been devoured by appetite, where the private and

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If Walt Whitman had come back to face America at the end of the 20th Century, these are the poems he might have written. Whether adapting the long Whitmanian line, reinventing the prose poem, or alternating lyric and prose meditations, Jon Davis has taken the measure of these times and found a world where virtue has been devoured by appetite, where the private and familial have been invaded by the tawdry, the commercial, and the vicious, as if our lives were hotwired to our television sets, our minds crackling with the loose electricity of an experiment gone wrong. In poems that are ambitious and political without being sententious or partisan, Davis turns to the power of words for a way to reconcile the irreconcilable, praising language as a rich, entangled, and inexhaustible source of solace and meaning. With Scrimmage of Appetite, Jon davis has fulfilled Wallace Stevens's image of a poet "merciless / To accomplish the truth in his intelligence."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781884836121
Publisher:
University of Akron Press, The
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
Akron Series in Poetry
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.36(d)

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Robert Haas
One of the strongest new books I've read in the last year or so is Jon Davis' Scrimmage of Appetite. -- Former U.S. Poet Laureate

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