Today's poem is "Thieves"
from Winterkill

Michigan State University Press

Todd Davis is the author of four full-length collections of poetry,including In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These, Some Heaven—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and co-edited Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. His poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. More than 300 of his poems have appeared in such noted journals and magazines as American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Ecotone, North American Review, Indiana Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Image, Poet Lore, Orion, West Branch, River Styx, Poetry Daily, Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Sou'wester, Verse Daily, and Poetry East. He teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University's Altoona College.

Other poems by Todd Davis in Verse Daily:
July 16, 2013:   "Dona Nobis Pacem" "The moon grows from nothing to a porcelain sliver...."
March 27, 2010:   "Obituary" "Third week of March and sugaring is nearly finished...."
July 16, 2013:   "Dona Nobis Pacem" "The moon grows from nothing to a porcelain sliver...."
March 27, 2010:   "Obituary" "Third week of March and sugaring is nearly finished...."

Books by Todd Davis:

Other poems on the web by Todd Davis:
Two poems
"Indian Summer"
"Logjam on Lookout Creek"
Ten poems
Two poems

Todd Davis's Website.

About Winterkill:

"Reading Todd Davis's gorgeous poems, you can't help but feel that the capacities of human vision, and also our appetite for exactly this way of seeing and naming, have been mysteriously, precisely increased."
—Jane Hirshfield

"Todd Davis's wonderful Winterkill has just the right balance of reverence, precision, and quiet indictment so the book becomes, if you will excuse the overly simple word, a book about living. Which means it does not shy away from death, or the predatory, or the speaker's involvement in nature's processes. Davis brings an evenhanded exactitude to everything he so artfully describes, even to those who despoil that which he loves. That exactitude indicts better than any soapbox shouts would. Later in the book, Davis brings the same fine precision to his dying father, and with a compassion that asks from us no more than the entire book does: our attention and assent."
—Stephen Dunn

"In Winterkill Todd Davis is blessedly careful with his subjects, finely nuanced with his themes, and respectfully alert to the details of the land, the settings, the lives and the ending of lives throughout the book. With varying visions and within different circumstances, the poems present perspectives on the constant presence of 'the beautiful threat / of death / from on high.' It is possible to read through these poems without stumbling, without faltering, without confusion, allowing and trusting the talent of the poet to carry the thought and experience. Davis accomplishes this beautifully with insight and passion."
—Pattiann Rogers

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