Love in a Small Town

Poetry by Deborah Davies

Love in a Small Town, published three years after Davies retired from teaching, reflects the love and support found in communities pressed hard by the economy. Her first book, Mary and Martha, had some anger in it: growing older, losing parents, being increasingly aware of conflicting expectations that weigh on women. Love in a Small Town, she says, is "a gentler, easily accessible collection, though still occasionally cranky and at times raucously funny. My writing goes places, but it travels on back roads."

"Deborah Davies' Love in a Small Town is a delight. As someone who was growing up in a distant country, in another language, at the time when she 'used to buy popsicles at the corner store,' I too am happy to live in this 'small now town.' Tenderness permeates her poems: marital, parental, love of people and places. I admire her collection for the tactile exactitude, clarity and wisdom — above all, for the deeply rooted, uninterrupted sense of place."
— Miriam Winter,
author of Trains: Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During and After World War II"
"Davies' poems are heartfelt and necessary in today's world of rush, rush, hurry-up. All the love poems are here."
— Jeanne Bryner,
author of poetry — Blind Horse,
and No Matter How Many Windows — the story
collection Eclipse, and the play Intensive Care
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Chapbook: 64 pages
Published: November 2010
ISBN-13: 978-09748703-1-1
Also by Deborah Davies:
Mary and Martha
Stepping in the Same Stream

About the author
Deborah Davies was born in Jackson, Michigan. She earned her MFA at Michigan State University, and retired as an assistant professor of language and literature at Jackson Community College, where she taught creative writing and other writing classes.