Geffrey Davis

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Geffrey Davis (b. 1983) is an American poet and professor. He is the author of Revising the Storm (BOA Editions, 2014).


Revising the Storm won the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, selected by Dorianne Laux. Davis's honors also include fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg ... more »

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What I Mean When I Say Elijah-Man

And it came to pass, […] there appeared a chariot of fire
and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah
went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it,
and he cried, My father, my father . . .
—2 Kings 2:11-12

That Sunday in Chehalis, my father testified
and I watched as he wept before the pulpit,

his shoulders heaving, his hands
clapping up thunder above our heads,

his mouth open on the note of awe as he told us
the promise God had made in the ...

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