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Peter Davis

May 2013
Trade Paper Original
ISBN: 978-0-9826587-3-4
92 pp. | $16.00



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"Who is Tina?" we asked.

"There is, was or was not this girl or this idea called Tina and these are poems regarding that murky situation," Peter said.

With his previous two books, Davis obsessed about mustaches and poetry (among other things, but mostly those things). In this book, he turns his obsessive eye toward memory, nostalgia, love, revolution, and a million what-ifs to create a loose narrative of Tina and Kyle that's both bittersweet and spiked with idiosyncratic humor. They're difficult people in ordinary situations. Sometimes things happen. Here Davis abandons the "radical honesty" of Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! for something weirder, and lets his muse (or anti-muse) lead the way.

As Peter explains, "I mean it’s a lot different to say, 'the woods are lovely dark and deep, and miles to go before I sleep' and saying, 'the woods are lovely dark and deep, and miles to go before I sleep, Bob.'"

He's got a point there.

Two of Peter's books are available from Bloof. (Check out the bundle deal here.)

Peter Davis lives with his sweet wife, son and daughter. His poems have appeared in places like Atticus, Jacket, and the Best American Poetry anthology. He draws, writes and makes music in Muncie, Indiana while teaching English at Ball State University. More info at or

Video poems from TINA:

Emily Dickinson at YouTube

Sample poems from TINA:

Three Poems at Lamination Colony

"Form" at Aesthetix

"Memories" at Everyday Genius

Five Poems at Atticus Review





Warning: If you're looking to find out who Tina is, these poems won't help you very much. But if you're interested in reading the work of one of our most obsessively inventive, hilariously human, and sometimes crushingly affecting poets, then you've come to the right book. Through a series of direct addresses and lyric effusions to "Tina," Peter Davis reminds us that sometimes talking, even casually, to anyone else is always talking significantly to oneself—and by extension, all of us. TINA is a suckerpunch, and then you see stars. Sometimes it's so funny, it hurts a little bit, and sometimes it hurts so much, it just hurts.

—Matt Hart

Peter Davis is considered to be one of the most important American contemporary poets.

Time Out Tel Aviv

The consistent, unabashed persona that Davis writes in creates a rhythm that often echoes the pace of the reader's thoughts—it is fluid, sometimes quick, and difficult to control. Davis builds a platform for our imaginations to fill in the blank.

H_NGM_N, Curtis Purdue

Davis works in the same vein as John Ashbery, by making things so personal, they're universal.

Best American Poetry,
Michael Schiavo

Peter Davis is a master of the prose poem format.

Midwest Review

Poems that shriek with personality, honesty and humor and goodness.

Vouched Books


More Peter Davis
available from Bloof:

Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!