Trade Paper Original
92 pp. | $16.00
“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.