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Product Details

  • Series: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809328755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809328758
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Chad Davidson’s beguiling poetry sweet-talks us as well as it bites.  His is both the charm of a poet who can fit everything from NASCAR to Caravaggio on his silver tongue, and the despair of a poet who’s “seen the moon open its hinges like a jaw and shut. Shut up. Shut down.” These poems are sharp enough to cut through the din of our lives and burnished enough to cast an exuberant light on us while doing it."—Terrance Hayes, author of Wind in a Box

"With The Last Predicta Chad Davidson continues his war against the bland and predictable by conjuring an exotic alternate world of intellectual daring, wit, and verbal brilliance. He possesses the rarest sort of imagination, able to locate subterranean connections among the most disparate fragments of ordinary life, to identify the spirit's secret survival even in the blinding light and shallow recesses of contemporary experience. What we want from art is the life within life, and these poems take us there."—B. H. Fairchild, author of Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems

“These poems cover great distances, both literal and figurative, as Davidson searches for value among ‘the slogans of the dispossessed.’ ‘Was there never the remotest chance/of becoming purer’ he asks, a question that drives the book’s inquisition of American culture.  While the question is never answered, it seems to me posed, again and again, by the poet’s clear desire to see to the inside of things, in fluid lines that draw me into the rhythm of Davidson’s expansive vision.”—Bob Hicok, author of This Clumsy Living

The Last Predicta is like a broadcast from The End of something: a culture, a time, a language, a world. This one. If the picture seems to roll, it’s our eyes, our brains, straining to keep up with Chad Davidson’s madcap velocity, the mordant blur all the world is washed in. ‘This is weird,’ one poem suggests, and any apocalypse would be, but in Chad Davidson readers could hope for no better guide.”—Paul M. Guest, author of My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge

"In The Last Predicta, Chad Davidson imagines a shopping list for the Apocalypse—only to reveal that our cupboards are already fully stocked: “low-sodium transubstantiation,” “the Milano-style whatnot,” a “Golden-Clad Something Nice,” and the strangely Greek “augur of instant replay.” The shoppers cum lovers in these poems—dressed in “desire’s burrs and foxtails”—visit Target, Tokyo, Rome, Gold’s Gym, and the late night nature shows on television, where they find, ultimately, “the silent spreading/ ocean’s black pajamas, saying, Nighty-night, nighty-night.”—Angie Estes, author of Chez Nous

About the Author

Chad Davidson is an associate professor of English at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of Consolation Miracle (SIU Press, 2003). His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, DoubleTake, Epoch, The Paris Review, Pequod, Poet Lore, and numerous other publications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Fraser on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Chad Davidson's second book of poems, The Last Predicta, elaborates on and enriches the project inaugurated in Consolation Miracle, his first collection. Running through this new work is an argument about language and its uses and misuses in contemporary culture. According to this poet, we all live in language; we can never escape it, even though we may want to, even though we may think that our bodies, or our faiths, or our love lives and family experiences can somehow transcend words. For many people, the omnipresence of language is a haunting prospect--it seems to evacuate humanism, reducing us to the functions of words. And yet a poet like Davidson reminds us that language is the most human thing of all, language and the will to create. What I appreciate most about The Last Predicta is its generosity: though satirizing many American fetishes and consumer-culture obsessions, the writing never devolves into mockery or coyness. In the end, The Last Predicta explores the eternal friendship between writers and readers, because it returns serious readers to their own deep love of language.
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Chad Davidson is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta.