In the Kingdom of the Ditch by Todd Davis

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We can only be grateful for this music of living, for such song and such a singer.
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In poetry that is at once accessible and finely crafted, Todd Davis maps the mysterious arc between birth and death, celebrating the beauty and pain of our varied entrances and exits, while taking his readers into the deep forests and waterways of the northeastern United States. With an acute sensibility for language unlike any other working poet, Davis captures the smallest nuances in the flowers, trees, and animals he encounters through a daily life spent in the field. Davis draws upon stories and myths from Christian, Transcendental, and Buddhist traditions to explore the intricacies of the spiritual and physical world we too often overlook. In celebrating the abundant life he finds in a ditch—replete with Queen Anne’s lace and milkweed, raspberries and blackberries, goldenrod and daisies—Davis suggests that life is consistently transformed, resurrected by what grows out of the fecundity of our dying bodies. In his fourth collection the poet, praised by The Bloomsbury Review, Arts & Letters, and many others, provides not only a taxonomy of the flora and fauna of his native Pennsylvania but also a new way of speaking about the sacred walk we make with those we love toward the ultimate mystery of death.

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Todd Davis is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Least of These, and his poems have appeared in such journals and magazines as Poetry Daily, North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Arts & Letters, and The Iowa Review.
Published June 1, 2013 by Michigan State University Press. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Larry Smith on Jun 01 2013

We can only be grateful for this music of living, for such song and such a singer.

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