In various voices and with a range of strategies, these poems speak of and into the collisions we experience day in and day out--collisions with nature, art, language, religion, family, imagination, new and old ways of seeing and navigating the world--collisions that result in loss and sadness, confusion and laughter, gratitude and amazement. Still Working It Out, a collection that moves freely between memory and invention, embodies a faithful struggle to attend to and engage life with all senses on high alert for what may crush or sustain or gloriously transfigure.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Still Working it Out works out the salvation of daily life--from squawking guinea hens to a fed-up janitor, to household rules for the remote control--within the circle of grace. Applying the same lyrical intensity, Davis does not shy away from tsunamis, 9/11, or the second coming, but allows life's bewilderments to resonate . . . beautifully. . . . This is a work of hard-earned wisdom and wit, a collection I will return to again and again." --Tania Runyan, editor of Every Day Poems
"Brad Davis has mastered the art of presenting the ordinary moment with all its stunning strangeness. Reading these poems, we become mindful that we live by mystery, by beauty, and by grace." --Margaret Gibson, author of Broken Cup
Brad Davis is on the faculty of Pomfret School, a Connecticut boarding school, and has taught also at the College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University. He has published several books of poems, most recently Opening King David (2011), and edited the anthology Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011 (2012) for the twentieth anniversary of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.