Carol V. Davis
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In these lyrical poems, Carol V. Davis explores earthy and mysterious themes. A well-known fairy tale or historical figure is given a contemporary twist. Using haunting imagery, art, the natural world, and place, Between Storms raises questions of faith and reflects on doubts.
In ravishing line after line, Carol V. Davis balances between cultures, between generations, and yes, between storms. She traces her family's odyssey back to the Old World against the tide of survivors escaping from it. She takes us on her own exploration of the American West, where "wind slaps dark against the valley walls," and "the land flattens in a sigh," where in the luminous title poem, her dead rise up to protect her, and where she learns along the way, regarding fear, that "the face is / on both sides of the window." The voice of these poems is true and constant, finding a still, tender center in the upheaval of living.