About Garrick Davis

Garrick Davis is the founding editor of the Contemporary Poetry Review, the largest online archive of poetry criticism in the world. The magazine was founded in 1998, and was one of the earliest literary reviews in the United States to be published exclusively on the Internet. His poetry and criticism have appeared in the New Criterion, Verse, the Weekly Standard, McSweeney’s, and the New York Sun. He is the editor of Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism (Swallow Press, 2008) and Child of the Ocmulgee: the Selected Poems of Freda Quenneville (Michigan State University Press, 2002). His book of poems, Terminal Diagrams, is also available (Swallow Press, 2010). He served as the literary specialist of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. from 2005-2008. He currently serves as a multidiscipline specialist responsible for the NEA’s Arts Journalism Institutes.


Garrick Davis Has written the following articles:


Timothy Steele and the Role of the Poet-Critic

Interviewer’s Note: Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1948, Timothy Steele is the author of several collections of poems: Uncertainties and Rest (Louisiana State University Press, 1979), Sapphics against Anger and Other Poems (Random House, 1986), and The Color Wheel (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). The first two of these books have been re-issued in […]

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CPR Remembers: Villiers de l’Isle-Adam

(The first in a series on obscure authors and their work.) As Reviewed By: Garrick Davis The Count Jean-Marie-Mathias-Philippe-Auguste de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam was born in 1838, and it is not extravagant to assert that his destiny was determined by his birth. He was the last heir of one of the great noble families of […]

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The Innocent Ear: Some Thoughts on the Popular Disdain for Versification

A few years ago, for the brief span of a few classes, I attended a poetry workshop class at Boston University. Though I was not formally enrolled in the class, the teacher had generously invited me to attend-and since the teacher was one of the great living masters of the art I accepted, though it […]

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Best Books of 2004: The CPR Awards

  Book of the Year: The Collected Poems of Donald Justice (Knopf) Runner-Up: Second Space by Czeslaw Milosz (Ecco). Inner Voices: Selected Poems by Richard Howard (FSG). Granted, this is not a daring choice. Donald Justice was beloved as a poet and teacher by several generations of American poets. Still, we’ll leave it to other […]

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American Poetry Watchdogs: Garrick Davis on Foetry

An Interview with the Editors of Foetry Conducted by: Garrick Davis Interviewer’s Note: This year, a new website was launched in the National Poetry Month of April-not to publish poetry or fiction, but to examine the ethics of the poetry world. With its mission of exposing fraudulent book contests, and corrupt judging practices, the editors […]

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The Lasting Importance of The Cantos

Reviewed: The Cantos by Ezra Pound (Fourth Collected edition). Faber and Faber, 1987. A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound by Carroll F. Terrell. University of California Press, 1980. No long poem of the twentieth century has been the subject of more debate than TheCantos by Ezra Pound. It is, by common consent, one […]

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The Best Books of 2003: The CPR Awards

Book of the Year: The Collected Poems of Robert Lowell, edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter (FSG) Runners-Up: The Collected Poems of Ted Hughes, edited by Paul Keegan (FSG); “I Am”: The Selected Poetry of John Clare, edited by Jonathan Bate (FSG) The story of the year was summed up in two words: Robert […]

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Can A Conference Save Poetry? Garrick Davis on the Pope of Rhyme and Meter in West Chester

In the world of American poetry, getting a call from Dana Gioia is like getting blessed by the Pope. This spring, I received that benediction when he invited me to West Chester, Pennsylvania, for the 9th Annual Conference on Exploring Form & Narrative in Poetry.  Gioia, himself a poet and critic (and now Chairman of […]

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Lessons Of The Masters: T. S. Eliot

On the Relation of His Criticism to His Poetry As Reviewed By: Garrick Davis There are two Eliots, the poet and the critic, which bear a curious relation to one another. Only the latter, that poet-critic descended from the line of Johnson, Coleridge, and Arnold shall be addressed here, whose achievements are hardly inferior to […]

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Misunderstanding Ezra Pound

Reviewed: The Roots of Treason by E. Fuller Torrey. McGraw-Hill, 1984. 339 pp. The Genealogy of Demons by Robert Casillo. Northwestern University Press, 1988. 463 pp. The American Ezra Pound by Wendy Stallard Flory. Yale University Press, 1989. 230pp. Even in a supposedly enlightened age, superstitions abound concerning literature: one of the foremost being that […]

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