Todd Davis - New Poetry Collection Just Published

December 12, 2009

The Least of These, Todd Davis's third collection of poems, has just been published by Michigan State University Press.

From the Publisher's Website:

Over the course of this masterful and heartfelt book it becomes clear that Davis not only loves the life he's been given but also believes that the ravishing desire of this world can offer hope, and even joy, however it might be negotiated. Drawing upon a range of stories from the Christian, Transcendental, and Asian traditions, as well as from his own deep understanding of the natural world, Davis explores the connection between the visible and invisible worlds, or what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin called "the incandescent surface of matter plunged in God."

A direct poetic descendant of Walt Whitman, Davis invites us to sing
"'the songs we collect in the hymnals of our flesh / impromptu, a cappella, our mouths flung open / in a great wide O."

"Many poets feel that they know the natural world, but Todd Davis has absorbed this world fully into his heart and mind. He is a fine, rare poet." -


Todd Davis teaches Creative Writing, American Literature, and Environmental Literature at Penn State-Altoona. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Some Heaven and Ripe, as well as a number of books on American Literature and Literary Theory.

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