Tuesday, November 15, 2011
5 p.m., Bucknell Hall
Todd Davis is the author of four books of poems: The Least of These (Michigan State University Press, 2010); Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems (Seven Kitchen's Press, 2010); Some Heaven (Michigan State University Press, 2007); and Ripe (Bottom Dog Press, 2002). He edited the nonfiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball (Michigan State University Press, 2012) and co-edited Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, 2010). 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, have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in such journals and magazines as Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Iowa Review, The North American Review, Indiana Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Image, Ecotone, Orion, West Branch, River Styx, Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Sou'wester, and Poetry East. He teaches creative writing and environmental studies at Penn State University's Altoona College.
Davis will share the reading with Julia Kasdorf.
The Gospel of Beauty
Bees have made honey under the ribs of the dead, flown
from aster to goldenrod. The honey they spin is dark
and bitter despite its crystalline sugar. Little remains
yet skin's memory stretches across these bones, a cave
these bees congregate in like the earliest Christians
who hid among the catacombs, afraid to be found out,
afraid death might not offer the beauty of the honeycomb.