Shattered Sonnets Love Cards and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Sep 10, 2003 - Poetry - 125 pages
In her stunning second collection, poet Olena Kalytiak Davis confirms her reputation as a breathtaking verbal acrobat, a daredevil on the high wire of life and love. Her deeply personal poems echo everything from nursery rhymes to classics, revealing poetry buried in ordinary speech. Whether remonstrating with a former lover or evoking her young children, the poet who reveals herself here is appealingly vulnerable yet gutsy, by turns blunt and tender. With dexterity and wit she stretches language to the wildest boundaries of poetic possibility: hers is a voice intimate and assured, her observations of the world delivered in love notes addressed to us all.

"did I mention my first kiss was extracted
by someone who never should have been that
lucky?" - From "Keep Some Stuff for Yourself"

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Contemporary poetry with a classic formalist feel

User Review  - ToddS - Borders

Olena K Davis' first book, the widely acclaimed 'And Her Soul Out of Nothing', suprised everyone with poetry that was emotional, personal, and novel but grounded in a traditionalists ear for metre ... Read full review

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User Review  - barbaraplease - LibraryThing

Her first book is quite good and then this one--after the first two poems--is basically unreadable. The good news? Contemporary poetry is vital enough to support a crappy book from a very promising and ambitious writer. Read full review


small quilled poem with no taste for spring
dear abiah
six apologies lord
the true repertory of the wrack and redemption
dear beardtongue
poem convincing you to leave your wife
keep some stuff for yourself
you art a scholar horatio speak to it
despite ominous forebodings of sin sickness and death
notes toward the ablation of the soul
a dry death
sign off 1
great slacker
the garden of love

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Olena Kalytiak Davis's first collection, And Her Soul Out of Nothing, was selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize for poetry in 1997. She has been included in three Best American Poetry anthologies and has received a Rona Jaffee Foundation writers award and a Pushcart Prize. She lives and writes in Anchorage, Alaska.

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