Letting the Seasons
The topics of poems by Nancy Davies leap from beavers to bag-ladies to traveling hippies. Each reveals dramas of ordinary life through a poet’s eye, depicting small and large events, scenes, persons and landscapes in fine detail and astonishing metaphor. The forms arise spontaneously, using narrative verse to tell of personal grief and resurrection, but also for the tale of Noah and the Flood; Davies uses descriptive lyrics for nature but also to reveal human suffering and joy; the elegiac mood describing an urban underpass also informs verses about questing. A collection of mature poetry written in mid-career when the author looked back and forward in time, each poem exclaims aha! as Letting the Seasons reveals the universal in each private life.