Todd Davis is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry–Coffin Honey, Native Species, Winterkill, In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These, Some Heaven, and Ripe—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow. His poetry has appeared in Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry and has been anthologized in such books as The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and Bedford/St. Martin’s textbook, Approaching Literature. His poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Editor’s Prize, the Midwest Book Award, the ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year Bronze and Silver Awards, and the Bloomsburg University Book Prize. More than 400 of his poems have appeared in such noted journals and magazines as American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Ecotone, North American Review, Indiana Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, Sycamore Review, Gettysburg Review, Orion, West Branch, River Styx, and Poetry Daily. He teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College.
If you find the bones of a bear, sit down and stay with them. The dead desire our company. Touch each one—scapula, tibia, ulna—even the tiniest bones of the hind and Continue reading
then on that day may the water in the creek shimmer green, a music never heard take shape in a hatch of caddis and coffin flies, the air bluing as the Continue reading
We filch happiness from the seed pods of touch- me-nots, the explosion of their husks as they curl backward to expose the future, the leap forward into dreaming dust, into waiting Continue reading