One Way to Reconstruct the Scene

William Virgil Davis

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September 10, 1980
72 pages, 5 1/8 x 8
ISBN: 9780300025033
Paper

Richard Hugo has selected William Virgil Davis's One Way to Reconstruct the Scene as the 1979 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. In his foreword to the volume Hugo says:
 
"William Virgil Davis is a poet who, when he writes, contends with a loving self who wants to render the world as found. His battle is the classic one, the memory versus the imagination. . . . 'Memory is the first property of loss,' Davis tells us, and that may be true. At least it is worth considering. Certainly a scene, no matter how initially unattractive, reconstructed lovingly in active language posing as passive recall is a true property of gain. Davis believes in and works to create a world we can humanely attend the second time around, and his poems often provide that second chance."

"Davis's battle is the classic one, the memory versus the imagination. . . . He believes in and works to create a world we can humanely attend the second time around, and his poems often provide that second chance."—Richard Hugo

"These poems are nearly timeless in their concerns and often memorable and evocative. Mr. Davis has labored at length and produced a fine, accomplished first book."—Ralph J. Mills, Jr.
Yale Series of Younger Poets
Hermit with Landscape

Daniel Hall; Foreword by James Merrill

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Out of the Woods

Thomas Bolt; Foreword by James Merrill

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Picture Bride

Cathy Song; Foreword by Richard Hugo

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Beginning with O

Olga Broumas; Foreword by Stanley Kunitz

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Natural Histories

Leslie Ullman; Foreword by Richard Hugo

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