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