Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Poems!

New poems at Fact-Simile!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Great News!

Over at the Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! blog there is a note about a terrific new review of some Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! poems. Thanks, Joseph Allgren!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What is Coming to Muncie Soon!

You should come to this, Persons who are near Muncie.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Beautiful Stuff

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More with the Poems

New poems up at Escape Into Life. I hope, for some reason, that you like them.
Your Friend,

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Future

My next book, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! is forthcoming, soon enough, from Bloof Books. I'm starting a new blog for it. Now i'll have two blogs that I update irregularly instead of just one. This, in certain circles, is called progress. The new blog is here. I might give up this blog altogether and just head there myself. Below are 3 blurbs for the book. A fourth is on it's way. Anyway, check other blog for this and other info, provided on a need to know basis.

"Passing Professor Davis’s office door yesterday— Professor Davis’s closed office door—I found myself wishing he was on a Fulbright like before, not a MacArthur, so that he would be back among us sooner, casting his brilliant (and humane) light. Because how is our intellectually restless little ivied community to survive without him? This book will help. From a time when he was young, full of hope, teaching in Muncie, it looks us straight in the eye, inviting us to identify with this nubile and insouciant David—before he became the giant that is Peter Davis."

--Mairead Byrne

"Poets have long labored under the illusion of a readership when, in fact, the notion of audience is often the last thing on poetry's mind. It's in this sense of contradiction -- the need to be loved & the need to be left alone -- that much poetry finds its spirit. Peter Davis further complicates this picture by creating a book addressing a totally fictive audience thereby foregrounding this ambiguous condition. Uncomfortably self-conscious and maddeningly self-referential, Davis has constructed a complex book-length work of institutional critique that both refutes and upholds that presumed sacred bond between author and audience. Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! is a perfect work for an age where thinkership has triumphed readership."

-- Kenneth Goldsmith

"Perhaps readers might expect this blurb for this collection of delightful, self-referential meta-poems to be self-referential itself. If you think that while you read the back of this book, you’re wrong. We made it to the third sentence already without expressing any ambivalence about it: in Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, Peter Davis breaks new ground by naming the ground itself in an Adamic fashion only he can do. I was pretty proud of myself with that term, Adamic fashion."

--Daniel Nester

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Watching "The Cage match of Canadian Poetry" and saw earlier at Silliman's that people were bitching about Christian Bok, suggesting that Bok was stupid for having said stuff like "poets are stupid and lazy and they're 'demoted' into poetry" and just some other stuff like that. What's funny is the other guy, Carmine Starnino, comes across as really stupid, and thus, possibly lazy too. He's complaining that the experimental community isn't exclusive enough, not harsh enough. Goodness. Starnino at one point even says that he, himself, might be hardheaded. No shit.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Pharaoh's Horses