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The Little Spokane is a great book, full of life, in all its losses and consolations. Tom Davis is a writer of fierce, unflinching clarity, and what he sees he transformsthe riveritself, the jest/water makes/ moving; the lives of the down-and-out, in and around the city; and his own life, his past, observed with intelligence and honesty and precision. All these and more are reawakened, born anew in Tom Daviss living, compassionate vision. Tom Davis is a poet of rare gifts, and The Little Spokane is a singular book, overflowing its banks with wisdom and love.
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Nothing too prissy about this poetry: it's coming right at you, frank and genial, delivered as a good tavern raconteur would, conveyed in the rough-hewn speech and
clipped rhythms of the Northwest USA citizenry, God Bless every damned one of them. Tom Davis is working in the unmistakable tradition of poets like Stephen Crane, Carl Sandburg, Robinson Jeffers, Richard Hugo, Tom Waymanthe kind of writing that doesn't get discussed much. . . . Detailsplace names, hair color, local and personal histories, features of dogs and ceta clients, landscapes and trawlersrefresh the old inescapable themes of La Comdie Humaine, birth, copulation, and death. He can be cryptic about insects and brown bears and Indians in the wrong bar, or break out a psalm-like encomium on the infinite variety of . . . skin. He likes lists, and knows how to make them read like tombstone epitaphs. But what I'll cherish most are the story-poems, so rich with that speech, redolent of chew-t! obacco and insomnia, and that off-the-cuff, yet exactly observed, description of scene and character.
James J. McAuley Tom Davis is the land he writes of: Davis has broken himself against basalt and coast from Tacoma to Yakima and beyondhere, in these tight poems, a great and original voice delivers us a poetry as sparse, hard, clear, and original as himself.
Sebastian LockwoodAbout the Author:
Tom I. Davis was born in the town of Milan on the Little Spokane River in eastern Washington State, has lived in the San Juan Islands and worked in the North Cascade Mountains for the Forest Service. He has worked on fishing boats in Alaska and taught aboard Navy vessels in the Western Pacific. Father of seven children, Tom Davis has lived in Spokane for 15 years. The Little Spokane is his first book
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