Opening King David
Poems in Conversation with the Psalms
Imprint: Resource Publications
"Davis is that rare artist who can deal with religious themes without concealing his humanity or feeling the need to protect his Lord. Indeed, the integration on display here is something to behold; no crevice of human feeling or experience goes unexplored - and while the language is beautiful, it's also unassuming and funny (and, thankfully, never pious), which is hard to do, especially when you're addressing themes as serious as the ones Davis is, e.g. death, faith, doubt, beauty, alienation, love, sex, etc. In other words, his work is very much in line with the psalms from which he's drawing inspiration. That is, if King David had a sense of humor… which he must have had?! Here is the sort of accessibility (and wisdom) that it takes years to hone, and I couldn't think of better summer reading. Even if you're not a "poetry person," take a chance - this is as close as we're going to get to an Mbird laureate."
Editor, Mockingbird blog
"Like a Rabbi opening the sacred text, then toiling further yet to open every word therein, Brad Davis has pored over both the scriptures and our common circumstance to prod, to raise our wits, that we might glimpse how every challenge, every adversity might be met with grace."
author of Compass of Affection