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Burn This House

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In her debut poetry collection, Kelly Davio invites the reader into a world where sin is virtue and virtue is vice, where the ominous lingers just beneath the surface, and the everyday is imbued with the fantastic. In these intelligent, compassionate, and harrowing poems, Davio gives a modern voice to metaphysical tradition. The poems in this collection dismantle the spect ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Red Hen Press
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Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Burn This House, Kelly Davio's debut poetry book, is a collection of close and quiet observations inspired from her religious upbringing. In this work, a reader may see secular life or heavenly miracles, hope or certain doom, the end of what we know or the sweet beginnings of a different world.

Divided into sections, each part of the book is subtitled a word that could be plucked from a Sunday School lesson. (Or at least the Sunday School lessons I remember!) For instance, one section of the book
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The opening few poems didn't do much for me, but I wound up really enjoying the collection as a whole. It's almost like the poet let herself expand a bit with each section, trying new things and really growing as the reader progresses. By the end I was really taking a lot more time with the poems because they felt to be more weighted and considered. I think her next collection will likely be phenomenal if this evolution portrayed in the book is in fact related to personal poetic growth of any ki ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finished this book a few months ago - but have left it out on an end table as I find myself - frequently - picking it up to read and savor again and again. The humor catches me off guard, but it's the questioning, powerful doubt and searching that holds me. A must have.
Mar 17, 2014 marked it as to-read
Just received my copy of the book. I'm excited, been a long time since I read any poetry.
Hannah Notess
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sharp and lovely. Also, I liked how the book was organized.
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Smart. Articulate. Thoughtful. Occasionally humorous. Colorful. Complete. Finished. Gorgeous.
Alissa Thorne
Apr 26, 2014 marked it as abandoned
I tried, but I just don't get poetry. Coming up on two months and I've barely made a dent. Time to move on.

Picked up for the Goodreads Next Best Book Club for April.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A subtle and intriguing read
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I savored every poem."Pride" gave me a chuckle,"To Fill the House" a shiver, "Patience" made me shudder. I was humbled and lifted by every line.
review to come. Will be featured on TNBBC in April as part of our Reader/Author Discussion.
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Kelly Davio is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (2013) and the essay collection It's Just Nerves (2017). A founding editor of Tahoma Literary Review, former Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review, and former Senior Editor of Eyewear Publishing in London, Kelly today lives and writes in New Jersey, where she works as a medical editor.

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