Carol Ann Davis’s first collection Psalm appeared from Tupelo Press in 2007, the same year she was awarded a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts; Atlas Hour followed in 2011. A former longtime editor of the journal Crazyhorse, her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Agni, The Threepenny Review, and Volt. In 2015, an essay she published in The Georgia Review was named a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the Essays and Criticism Category. She lives in Sandy Hook, CT, with her husband and two sons, and serves on the faculty at Fairfield University, where she teaches in the Fairfield University Low-Residency MFA Program.
“Brick by Brick”, a poem by Carol Ann Davis, published in The Southern Review, on Sound Cloud.
At the time I was working on the poems, my children were in the early stages of talking, and so they often spoke in phrases rather than in complete sentences; when I spoke to them, I would do the same, and much of our communication was extremely direct. I became drawn to the succinct and very clear way in which I was able to communicate with them, and when I addressed them in poems I found myself relying on this phrase-built intimacy, this language so direct that punctuation didn’t seem to come into it.