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Jeff Davis

Poet, blogger, teacher, student of Robert Creeley and Fred Chappell, Davis attended UNC-Greensboro’s MFA program in creative writing, got his Master’s Degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and apprenticed to a native carver of ceremonial masks and totem poles in Alert Bay, British Columbia, from 1971 to 1975. He later taught Anthropology and History at UNC-Asheville. His books include NatureS: Selected Poems, 1972 – 2005. Of his work Thomas Meyer said: Being human and part of nature, what we have in common with the natural world is something we gain then lose, gain then lose, over and over. The continual process of holding and letting go makes up the world we smell, we taste, we see, we feel, we hear, we share. As the custodian of this experience we have none better than Jeff Davis. He has been tireless in his practice of recording these dark and luminous encounters: the flicker of love, or the shadow of leaves in the wind.

Jeff Davis's blog is located at http://www.naturespoetry.blogspot.com/