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“And Her Soul Out of Nothing is, quite simply, unlike any other collection I can remember reading in recent literature. There is an eerie precision to her work—like the delicate discernment of a brain surgeon’s scalpel—that renders each moment in both its absolute clarity and ultimate transitory fragility. Her language is quirky in the very best sense of that word; her use of syntax is brilliant.”—Rita Dove, Judge, Citation for the 1997 Brittingham Prize in Poetry
“A treasury of broken meditations and chipped singing, moments of insight and yearning appearing like bits of statuary plowed up in a field, perhaps more beautiful for their sudden unlikely emergence. Olena Kalytiak Davis’s poems find evidence of the spirit everywhere, in laundromats, in parking lots and frozen landscapes, in the panic of birds.”—Dean Young
Olena Kalytiak Davis lives in Juneau, Alaska. A first-generation Ukrainian-American, she grew up in Detroit and has since lived in San Francisco, Prague, Lviv, Paris, Chicago, and the isolated Yup'ik community of Bethel, Alaska. She studied at Wayne State University, University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College. She was the winner of the 1996 Rona Jaffe Writer's award, and her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 1995, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly Review, Field, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. This is her first book.
Everyone should read this highly original, honest and unabashedly real first collection of poems. These poems pack a lot of punch. Read morePublished on October 25, 2006 by Matthew Siegel
This garbage is like Sharon Olds on crack. Cliches, cliches, cliches... poorly broken! Self-pity! Purile! Don't waste your time!Published on December 22, 2003
in my opinion, olena kalytiak davis is the strongest young poet writing today. her poems seem wild and new yet steeped in a grand tradition. Read morePublished on November 13, 2002 by julianna baggott
Even though I've read Olena Kalytiak Davis' book several times, I am still amazed by the musicality of the poems, her keen observations, and the quiet ferocity of her voice. Read morePublished on December 14, 1999 by champion