Poetry. What does it mean to be a man now? These poems' answers are bold and deeply moving. The poems in Degan Davis's debut collection, WHAT KIND OF MAN ARE YOU, move between the title's societal taunt (prove yourself) and its more tender and inquisitive question (how to be a man in this era?). Davis has guts; he trusts the voice of a poem to draw out those truths that in lesser hands might render us mute. The writing navigates the spaces between traditional male archetypes and 21st century possibilities, through the lenses of music, tribes, war, divorce, sex, and love. Davis is both impish and an old soul, and his poems are as comfortable riffing on big topics as they are when he's maneuvering language with a musician's cadence. As a result, the work is instantly engaging and thoroughly human. Why read Degan Davis? Because his work is full of joy. Because, to him, poetry matters.
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Degan Davis works as a Gestalt Therapist, both in a university setting and in private practice. He lives in Toronto. WHAT KIND OF MAN ARE YOU is his first poetry collection.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN