Leopold's Maneuvers

Leopold's Maneuvers

by Cortney Davis

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Leopold's Maneuvers by Cortney Davis

In the venerable tradition of caregivers writing about the healing arts—a tradition peopled by the likes of Anton Chekhov, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Walker Percy, and Denise Levertov—Cortney Davis brings to poetry the experience, insight, and compassion of a nurse practitioner who daily confronts the unexpected frailties, passions, and power of the flesh.

Taking the body as her text, Davis crafts her poetry from the pains of labor and the joys of birth, the depredations of disease and the sustaining hope of recovery. She trains her clear, unflinching gaze on the unfolding scene—a woman shipwrecked with a stranger; an adult reinventing childhood; an ill woman rediscovering pleasure in her body; a nurse realizing, in one harrowing instant, that she is as vulnerable as her patients—unerringly finding the particular image, the human detail, that connects reader, writer, and subject with the world. Primal, compelling, intelligent, these poems show us how to see as clearly as the poet does, with empathy and grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803276673
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Cortney Davis is the author of a poetry collection, Details of Flesh, coeditor of two anthologies of creative writing by nurses, Intensive Care and Between the Heartbeats, and author of a memoir about her work as a nurse practitioner, I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and their Female Caregiver, winner of the 2002 Center for the Book Non-fiction Prize. She lives in Redding, Connecticut.

Learn more about the author at: www.cortneydavis.com

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