In the Kingdom of the Ditch

ISBN-10: 1611860709

ISBN-13: 9781611860702

Edition: 2013

Authors: Todd Davis

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In poetry that is at once accessible and finely crafted, Todd Davis maps the mysterious arc between birth and death, celebrating the beauty and pain of our varied entrances and exits, while taking his readers into the deep forests and waterways of the northeastern United States. With an acute sensibility for language unlike any other working poet, Davis captures the smallest nuances in the flowers, trees, and animals he encounters through a daily life spent in the field. Davis draws upon stories and myths from Christian, Transcendental, and Buddhist traditions to explore the intricacies of the spiritual and physical world we too often overlook. In celebrating the abundant life he finds in a ditch--replete with Queen Anne's lace and milkweed, raspberries and blackberries, goldenrod and daisies--Davis suggests that life is consistently transformed, resurrected by what grows out of the fecundity of our dying bodies. In his fourth collection the poet, praised by The Bloomsbury Review, Arts & Letters, and many others, provides not only a taxonomy of the flora and fauna of his native Pennsylvania but also a new way of speaking about the sacred walk we make with those we love toward the ultimate mystery of death.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

A Consideration of the Word "Home"
Consciousness: An Assay
Dona Nobis Pacem
Seeing Things
The Consolation of Wind
Deer Dreaming Me
Imago Dei
A Mennonite in the Garden
Fishing for Large Mouth in a Strip-Mining Reclamation Pond near Lloydsville, Pennsylvania
What Lives in the Wake of Our Sleep
Two Sounds after an October Storm
Resurrection: A Field Note
Morning Poem
The Knowledge of the Lord
The Gospel of Beauty
Letter to Dave B. with May's Insatiable Hunger Tagging Along
Upon Looking Down onto the Top of Your Head Where the Hair Has Gone White
Atrial Fibrillation
What We Do while We're Dying
Begging Bowl
Nurse Log
Thinking of Li Po while Fishing the Little J
What I Told My Sons after My Father Died
Thoreau Casts a Line in the Merrimack
Thoreau Hears the Last Warbler at the End of September
Dreaming the Dark Smell of Bear
Thoreau Considers a Stone
Emptying the Bedpan
Give Us This Day
Psalm Written the Last Week of December
Thoreau Dreams of Margaret Fuller Three Days after Her Death
In the Clear-cut
The Virtues of Indolence
Offering, as One Example, the Satisfaction of the Bee
Thoreau Surveys the Ice
In the Kingdom of the Ditch
Heaven Come Flying
Thoreau, in Death
Not Writing, Then Writing Again
Hawks Flying
When the Body Is Absent
Three Songs for Flannery O'Connor
Ordinary Time
Spring Melt
The Sound of Sunlight
Letter to Dave B. from the Karen Noonan Center on the Chesapeake Bay
Last of the Sea
Missing Boy
Most of What Is Written Is Simply Grief
The Poet Stumbles upon a Buddha in Gamelands 158 above Tipton, Pennsylvania
Crow Counsels Me in the Ways of Love
Last Bones of Winter
Poem on the Anniversary of My Father's Diagnosis with Pancreatic Cancer
A Prayer for My Sons, after a Line of Reported Conversation by the Poet William Blake to a Child Seated Next to Him at a Dinner Party
Meditation on Hunger at 2 A.M.
I'll Catch You Up
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