Ten Questions for Geffrey Davis

this week's installment of 10 questions features Jeffrey Davis who's second poetry collection night angler is out today from boa editions the book which won the 2018 James Laughlin award from the Academy of American poets is both a love letter to a son and a meditation on parenthood family race and loss the poems in Jeffrey day versus night angler seeing in both ecstatic joy and tremendous lament writes Oliver De La Paz poetry and prayer have never shared so close a breath Davis is the author of a previous poetry collection revising the storm bow Editions 2014 which won the 2013 a pool and junior poetry prize and was a finalist for the 2015 Hurston / Wright legacy award for poetry Davis has won the Anne Halle poetry prize the dogwood prize in poetry the Wabash Prize for poetry an Academy of American poets prize and fellowships from bread-loaf Cave Canem and the Vermont Studio Center a native of the Pacific Northwest Davis teaches for the University of Arkansas MFA in creative writing translation and the Rainier Writing Workshop low residency MFA program at the cific Lutheran University Jeffrey Davis author of night angler 1 how long did it take you to write night angler it took me almost four years to have a full first draft of this book and then another year or so of revisions and restructuring to get it ready for production – what was the most challenging thing about writing the book in the middle of drafting the poems that would become this collection I realized I was essentially working on a book length love letter to my son though not all the pieces address the child directly one that chronicled unquestioned and sometimes intervened upon certain parental desires for breaking cycles and discovering new rituals for family while the stakes and timeliness of the books address meant that I couldn't have waited to write the book I had no idea of when / place it into my son's hands once it was finished however just days after advanced copies of night Engler arrived as sometimes children have the grace of doing he simply took that impossible in / decision out of my hands I was taking a late afternoon nap and woke to him reading aloud to my wife from the book it's been a long time since I've tried that hard to fight back tears so that the voice across from me would keep speaking 3 where when and how often do you write my writing practice tends to be pretty unpredictable pretty sporadic and is usually dictated by a particular image observation question etc

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