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."
"Davies' poems are heartfelt and necessary in today's world of rush, rush, hurry-up. All the love poems are here."