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).… continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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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 necessitated my commuting between California and Massachusetts for several months.… continue reading...

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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).… continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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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.continue reading...

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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 Lowell.… continue reading...

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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. … continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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Misunderstanding Ezra Pound


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.continue reading...

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