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The Rumpus: Revising the Storm is 'so lyrical, so in love with healing'

Geffrey Davis  (smaller) - color The Rumpus is praising Geffrey Davis' new debut collection Revising the Storm in a recent review by Jess Smith. Discussing such topics as childhood, a drug-addicted father, marriage, a second marriage, and the birth of a child, Davis opens up to his readers on a most personal level. In her review, Smith notes the poet's transparency. "The bulk of Revising the Storm deals with what we see when we are very young that we cannot unsee, how we learn and cannot unlearn certain vicious truths. The speakers are frequently trying to make sense of past trauma but the very presence and discussion of that trauma  – the way Davis shapes images of his drug-addicted father or his put-upon mother – indicates that some things can never be made sense of. These poems are still opening and closing the book of memory, accepting that one may be able to intellectualize agony while still contending with the wounds." According to the review, "Davis is at his best when he gets aggressive, demanding. His voice is so lyrical, so in love with healing, that it is exciting when he lets the throat open a little and speaks more urgently." "Never prosaic but always knowable, the collection is in itself a storm that passes slowly but never disappears entirely ... It is a feat for Davis to create so much tenderness here without being precious. All his subjects, even the loathsome ones, are beloved. All his speakers are filled with hope, always seeking a new definition for humane, constantly revising the storms inside themselves." Click here to read the entire a The Rumpus review. To purchase a copy of Revising the Storm, visit the BOA Bookstore. To celebrate National Poetry Month, BOA is offering FREE SHIPPING on any order through April 30! Enter promo code BOAPOETRY in the discount box at checkout to save.
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