Some Heaven

Overview

Todd Davis writes poems that are spare yet eloquent, poems with an appealing simplicity that belies their insight and consequence. They are rooted in the firmament of nature's frequently bruised bounty, yet grounded by our all-too-human experiences on this planet, living on a land that we so often treat with contempt or blunder through blindly. With the eye of a naturalist and the heart- wisdom of a sage, Davis reveals scenes of our lives that we might have otherwise missed. His poems are like the best kind of ...

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Overview

Todd Davis writes poems that are spare yet eloquent, poems with an appealing simplicity that belies their insight and consequence. They are rooted in the firmament of nature's frequently bruised bounty, yet grounded by our all-too-human experiences on this planet, living on a land that we so often treat with contempt or blunder through blindly. With the eye of a naturalist and the heart- wisdom of a sage, Davis reveals scenes of our lives that we might have otherwise missed. His poems are like the best kind of snapshot; they show us the details that deserve more attention, from a five- year-old's joy in sitting on Dad’s lap and "driving" the family car or standing on a chair to help Mom make Jell-O, to the devastation of drought on farmland or the extraordinary lushness of an ordinary backyard. Because Davis holds up these prose-photos and urges us to take another look, we suddenly experience their profundity and comprehend their meaning. With disarming directness, he connects nature to family, landscape to community, and earth to faith.
     Some Heaven brings together more than 100 Davis poems. Most are concise; all are approachable. In fact, they pull readers in, stirring our senses, tickling our memories. Here are poems about Amish gardens, changing seasons, friends at school, tractors, and deer. Davis urges us to see—not to take a quick look, but to really see—frost on goldenrods, the qualities of dirt, the color of air. Underneath, of course, these are poems about universal themes: love, loss, life, death; but in Davis's skilled hands, they appear to us to be more akin to wild strawberries growing on a rock wall or apples discovered in an abandoned orchard: something fresh, unexpected, and thankfully welcomed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870138003
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 133
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Davis teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Penn State University’s Altoona College. He has authored and edited thirteen books.

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Table of Contents


1
The Possibility of Rain     3
Home     4
What We Have Heard Carried Upon the Wind     5
Amish Gardens     6
Penance     7
The Word for War     8
This Morning     9
Somewhere Else     10
First Snow, after September 11th     12
Can We Remember?     13
A Country Lost     14
The Bell     15
Learning to Speak the Words     16
The Movement of Deer     17
Sitting High Up     18
Landscape with Dead Child     19
Prayer Requests at a Mennonite Church     20
Trying to Understand the Patriot Act     21
Illusion     22
Serviceberry     23
Sleep     24
Propellers     25
A Lesson in Mercy from My Wife, on the Last Day of May     26
The Name for Things     27
2
Learning to Read     31
At Six I Dream of Dinner with Neil Armstrong     32
At Buttermilk Falls     33
How to Say Grace     34
Snow Angels     35
Ten Years Old, at My Grandparents' House     36
Father's Hands     37
Rules of Diplomacy     38
Buck Day     39
What the Woodchuck Knows     40
The Certainty of Weight     41
Yet Another Life     42
A Sonnet for My Father, Just Before Dark     43
Field Dressed     44
Hunger     45
How Else     46
Billy Sunday Considers the Second Coming     47
Litany     48
The Beginning of the Story     49
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What Comes Next     53
While We Wait for Spring     54
Forest Noir     55
First Step     57
Jacklighting     58
That Kind of Death     59
Communion     60
Saint Francis Preaches to the Birds     61
Moonrise Over the Little Juniata     62
A Father's Notes     63
First Day of School     64
Adirondack Suite     66
How Like the Life     69
The Doe     70
At the Fall Festival     71
Potatoes     72
Late in the Year     73
Shelter     74
12 Songs for a Long Winter     75
Pastoral, at the Start of the 21st Century     80
Tattoo     81
Spring Winds     82
Once Again     84
Ode to an Ophthalmologist     85
At the National Gallery Thinking of My Wife     86
This Time Each Year     87
Indiana Love Song     88
Beginning the Eighteenth Year of Marriage     89
Some Heaven     90
Distraction     91
Enigma     92
4
Ars Poetica     95
The Way Things Go     96
Catechism     97
Annunciation     98
Canada Geese, on Saint Valentine's Day     99
Spelling Test     100
Gravity     101
In Praise of Durer's Dandelions     102
Meditation on the South Skunk River     103
Near the Center     104
Her Time     105
Nothing More     106
Prodigal     108
Just Before Milking     109
The Wash     110
When We Eat     111
Foreclosure     112
Aftermath     113
Mid-May in a Year of Early Warmth     114
The Waters Are Rising Again     115
The Alewives     116
The Trick     117
Resurrection, or What He Told Me to Do When He Died     118
Landscape     119
On the Appalachian Trail, above Delaware Water Gap     120
The Flowers and Their Fruits     121
In the Middle of Iowa     122
Wherever We've Traveled     123
Prairie Liturgy     124
After Our Fight     128
Punctuation     129
Blue Song     130
Acknowledgments     131
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