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If Walt Whitman had come back to face America at the end of the 20th Century, these are the poems he might have written. Whether adapting the long Whitmanian line, reinventing the prose poem, or alternating lyric and prose meditations, Jon Davis has taken the measure of these times and found a world where virtue has been devoured by appetite, where the private and familial have been invaded by the tawdry, the commercial, and the vicious, as if our lives were hotwired to our television sets, our minds crackling with the loose electricity of an experiment gone wrong. In poems that are ambitious and political without being sententious or partisan, Davis turns to the power of words for a way to reconcile the irreconcilable, praising language as a rich, entangled, and inexhaustible source of solace and meaning. With Scrimmage of Appetite, Jon davis has fulfilled Wallace Stevens''s image of a poet merciless / To accomplish the truth in his intelligence.

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Threepwood
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Profoundly Moving.
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2012
Jon Davis is the most under-appreciated poet in America today. Jon Davis is in the same rankings as Jack Gilbert and Frank Bidart. David Foster Wallace liked Davis'' work so much that while reviewing a Best of Prose Poetry Collection paid, with his own money, for an... See more
Jon Davis is the most under-appreciated poet in America today. Jon Davis is in the same rankings as Jack Gilbert and Frank Bidart. David Foster Wallace liked Davis'' work so much that while reviewing a Best of Prose Poetry Collection paid, with his own money, for an advertisement for this book: [...]

DFW recommends this book. ''Nough said.
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Satisfying
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017
Great poems -- though I''m afraid many of them were probably over my head.
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Teresa White
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I agree with Robert Hass
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2000
Robert Hass called this "one of the best books of poetry I''ve read in the last year or so." I agree. I can''t say I always understand where Jon Davis is taking me in these poems, but I can say I''m enjoying and being challenged by the ride. I''m especially... See more
Robert Hass called this "one of the best books of poetry I''ve read in the last year or so." I agree. I can''t say I always understand where Jon Davis is taking me in these poems, but I can say I''m enjoying and being challenged by the ride. I''m especially intrigued by the long sequence of poems the poet calls "The Ochre World." Here the poems work by juxtaposition and implication, each line sparking off the others, each section adding and enlarging the flame that eventually--how?--gives off enough light to illuminate the cave we''re in at the poem''s close. I don''t know of another poet who tightropes along the edge of incoherence so beautifully. The sequence is unlike anything I''ve read, yet is somehow welcoming in its difficulties. On second thought, I''ll go further than Robert Hass: This is the best book of poetry I''ve read since Hass''s own Human Wishes.
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Steven Moore
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Recommended by David Foster Wallace
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2001
In the spring 2001 issue of "Rain Taxi," esteemed novelist David Foster Wallace not only praised this book to the skies, but even paid for an ad for the book in the same issue--an act probably unprecedented in book-reviewing history. In his review, Wallace said... See more
In the spring 2001 issue of "Rain Taxi," esteemed novelist David Foster Wallace not only praised this book to the skies, but even paid for an ad for the book in the same issue--an act probably unprecedented in book-reviewing history. In his review, Wallace said Davis''s prose poems are "off-the-charts terrific."
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Jeremy
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Excellent group of poems from a truly terrific writer
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2000
Jon Davis was recently a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Award for his work in poetry. It couldn''t have gone to a better person, having known and worked with Jon in Santa Fe, NM. However, without a biased personal relationship, this book is phenomenal. Whether you''re... See more
Jon Davis was recently a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Award for his work in poetry. It couldn''t have gone to a better person, having known and worked with Jon in Santa Fe, NM. However, without a biased personal relationship, this book is phenomenal. Whether you''re an experienced reader of poetry or just looking to make your way into this form of reading, Jon''s work is accessible on many levels, and will move and impress you, as it has so many others.
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