Poetry. Jon Davis's latest book of poems is bursting with signature inventiveness and the nimble lyricism that David Foster Wallace once praised as "off-the-charts terrific." Like the characters of a new alphabet, Davis's creatures form the language of this stunning collection. Some of his creatures vault from the page, playful proxies for his surprising insights. Others encrypt the poems with a supernatural intensity, like "the darkness leaning its black fur against the windows." And from them emerge new meanings for words we only thought we knew—of plumage, of song, of nest.
Jon Davis is the author of five poetry chapbooks and five previous full-length collections of poetry: ABOVE THE BEJEWELED CITY (Grid Books, 2021), AN AMIABLE RECEPTION FOR THE ACROBAT (Grid Books, 2019), IMPROBABLE CREATURES (Grid Books, 2017), Heteronymy: An Anthology, PRELIMINARY REPORT (Coper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite, and Dangerous Amusements. He was co-translator, with the author, of Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan's Dayplaces. Davis has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Peter I.B. Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts' poetry fellowships. He was the city of Santa Fe's fourth Poet Laureate and taught for 23 years at the Institute of American Indian Arts before founding, in 2013, the IAIA low residency MFA in Creative Writing.Author City: SANTA FE, NM USA