Consolation Miracle is a book of visceral, image-driven poems that search for the miraculous in the seemingly ordinary. This collection fashions art out of artless objects as a consolation, or perhaps compensation, for their smallness. Yawns and pears, cockroaches and crows resonate against historically conflated backdrops, while our own hands seem suddenly strange as they hide themselves in our pockets, balance a burning cigarette between two fingers, or grip the gun that shot Lincoln. Other poems address the destruction of empire, the end of old Hollywood, and the hyperbolic fizzling out of entire centuries. Here, consolation miracles are rarely the ones sought after, yet they radiate in their neglect. Davidson’s poems help us understand the inner life of cows, imagine the plight of a banished Kama Sutra illustrator, speculate about Cleopatra’s lingerie. With a title borrowed from Gabriel García Márquez, Consolation Miracle contains a magical realism for the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Chad Davidson is an assistant professor of English at the State University of West Georgia. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review,Crab Orchard Review, DoubleTake, Epoch, The Paris Review, Pequod, Poet Lore, and numerous other publications.
Table of ContentsCover Title Page Copyright Contents Acknowledgments A One Starfish Mushrooms The Yawn A Hand The Contents of Abraham Lincoln’s Pockets To My Left Ear Canal, Deformed at Birth Two The Match Alchemy The Floating World The Kama Sutra’s Banished Illustrator Almost Ending with a Troubadour Line The Pear Cleopatra’s Bra Three This Is the Cow Bite Your Tongue Boxes Cockroaches: Ars Poetica Two Crows The Scarecrow Odes Scratched Retina: Memento Mori Four Space Five All the Ashtrays in Rome The Last Decade of the Fifteenth Century Virtus Dormitiva People Who Jump off Cliffs Consolation Miracle Ending Other Books in the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry