Sometimes it seems that
a poet has all to many riches to draw from. In Going Back to Retrieve It,
L.J. Davis glimpses a garden rake leaning against a shed and finds that
the homely object evokes a torrent of images and memories.
authenticity and compassion, she celebrates beloved children who grow
up and deal with hardship, babies who are stillborn but fiercely loved,
parents and old friends who pass away-"nothing will ever be exactly the
same again." Davis is a fearless explorer, one who knows that
splinters of glass that remain under the skin after an accident are
somehow vital to the process of becoming fully alive even as she
recognizes the fleeting beauty of existence. She enriches her
writing with epigraphs drawn from cherished poems, establishing a
dialogue that adds glittering facets to the original work that follows.
various points of view, Davis takes us back to a simpler time when "men
wore suits and ties." Her poems are observations of people
has known: neighbors, relatives and friends, of poignant memories
resurfacing after a "long and peaceful nap." We come to know
woman joyful in nature and among loved ones who's still "struggling to
maintain balance" in this ever-changing world.
Norma Ketzis Bernstock
Write A Poem About Me After I'm Dead
Davis is a quiet poet. Her poems are often soothing,
painful but always thought-provoking. From "The Blue Serge Sears and
Roebuck Man" to "Our Daughter's Hair," each has its own message for
us. All are entertaining for the represent life.
has found a way to touch each and every one of us, making us want to go
back and revisit our own memories.
Slice of Life