Punctuated by subversive humor, verbal theatrics, and moments of strange, luminous beauty, Jon Davis’s clear, unsentimental poems are meditations on contemporary existence and the unreliability of language, emotion, and memory to gather it all in. In short personal lyrics, prose poems, and long meditative pieces, Davis writes about subjects as various as global politics, philosophy, mysticism, love, and family.
“Davis is as good as DeLillo at playing off our internal hunger for meaning against surface senselessness. And Davis catches the surface brilliantly.” —American Book Review
“[Davis’s work has] an intellectual and moral urgency… Although Davis is not a religious poet, he shares Rilke’s quest for union [and] seeks an awareness that only multiple points of view can provide.” —The Prose Poem: An International Journal
“Davis’s… voice remains among the sharpest and most unique in contemporary poetry.” —The Independent