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Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master

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I have admired Catherine Davis’s exquisitely sculpted lyrics for over forty years. But it has been futile to recommend her work to others because it has been nearly impossible for anyone to find the poems, most of which were never published in book form. What a gift to have this lost poet restored to us.
-Dana Gioia

Catherine Breese Davis fills an important but unsung niche
Paperback, 215 pages
Published 2015 by Pleiades Press
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This is the second volume from Pleiades Press's Unsung Masters Series to appear unexpectedly in my mailbox since I acquired a subscription to Pleiades by reviewing a book for them in 2014. Although now she is all but forgotten, the Minneapolis-born poet Catherine Breese Davis (1924-2002) was much admired during her lifetime for her masterful use of the elements of poetic form, which earned her publication credits in the foremost magazines of her time, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris ...more
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Catherine Breese Davis [(1924-2002)] was born in Minneapolis and left home under difficult circumstances at the age of 16. She studied at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, Stanford University (where she held what is now the Stegner Fellowship), and the University of Iowa. Davis’s poetry was admired during her lifetime for her classical dexterity and formal innovation by many ...more

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