Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Nancy P. Davenport, La Brizna (BookGirl Press, Sendai, Japan; distributed in the USA by Mountains & Rivers Press, PO Box 5389, Eugene, OR 97405) $10.
I like small poems and small books. Perhaps you know that. This is not quite small enough to be "pocket poetry," this book of poems, La Brizna by Nancy P. Davenport, but these are small poems with large hearts. They are not afraid of silence, nor white space, nor unconfined wonder. They are not afraid of fear.
I might tell you that the poems are Eastern in a way I like, open to awe, quiet, unassuming, yet they come with a steel spine. These are not "wisps" at all. It takes a long time to learn to write poems like these, yet this is, I believe, Davenport's first book. Bravo!
Let me close by sharing "A Zen Morning," one of the twenty poems in the book, and fairly representative of the rest of them:
this morningI manage
to walk into
ofsuch immensesilencesuch profoundstillnessthat the rose
petalsfalling inthesunlight on my
coffee tablemake a sound