Martha Collins, Kevin Prufer, and Martin Rock, Editors
An extensive portfolio of poems by Catherine Breese Davis (1924-2002), this volume also includes an interview with Marie Pelletier, essays by seven poets and poet-critics, photographs, and ephemera. This is the sixth volume in The Unsung Masters Series, which seeks to bring great, out-of-print, little-known authors to the attention of new generations of readers.
Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Masteris an inspired tribute to a gifted woman. Read this book, and be rewarded with her courageous and beautiful words.” —Valerie Wieland,New Pages
With this new book, editors Collins, Prufer and Rock have given life to Davis’ poems once again. Once read, no one can take them back. No matter what, we can read and take pleasure in what she wrote. She gives us life.” —Julie R. Enszer,Lamba Literary
his book wholly succeeds in its aim, to bring to the life and work of a virtually unknown poet some belated due attention. I hope that attention will focus chiefly on Davis’s masterly verse rather than her ill-starred life. Her poems offer pleasures that are strikingly individualized, sometimes intense, and never cozy.” —Robert B. Shaw, Able Muse
I have admired Catherine Davis’s exquisitely sculpted lyrics for over forty years. But it has been futile to recommend her work to others because it has been nearly impossible for anyone to find the poems, most of which were never published in book form. What a gift to have this lost poet restored to us.” —Dana Gioia
Catherine Breese Davis fills an important but unsung niche in the tradition of women’s poetry in the U.S. — and now unsung no more. The editors of this book have given us a brilliant selection from Davis’s poems, combined with illuminating writings about her work and life. This volume is a true labor of love, a priceless introduction to a lucid, poignant, and unflinching poet.” —Annie Finch