June 2006

Garrick Davis


Garrick Davis Garrick Davis is the founding editor of the international journal of poetry criticism, Contemporary Poetry Review. His poetry and criticism have appeared in McSweeney’s, Verse, Slope, The Weekly Standard, and the Pacific Review. He is also the editor of Child of the Ocmulgee: The Selected Poems of Freda Quenneville, which was published by Michigan State University Press. He lives in Washington, D.C.
For Harry Crosby    

It is better to be too soon than too late.

Driving through the shell craters of Verdun
In an ambulance, your death-day came
With a vaporized truck and you, unharmed
And awake in the terror of the black sun.

From there, you played a beautiful corpse:
Graduating drunk from Harvard frat parties
And gold-tipped cigarettes to opium
In Paris, and the Four Arts Ball orgy.

Whether drunk on champagne at the Ritz
With your step-daughter, also drunk and six,
Or, mid-air, making a bi-plane stall
After hiding first editions of Baudelaire...

For a franc in some dingy Seine bookstall,
You lived the decade in a rich man's fling,
Finding the extravagant error in everything.
How sad then, dashing suitor, sun-tattooed...
And careless as a Roman emperor
That, in all of France, the one girl to refuse
Your silk-lined bed was the fickle Muse
Whose slights burst your hair in bloody flower.




Garrick Davis: Poetry
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