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A History of the Only War
Christopher Davis

Four Way
2005 • 94 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-66-5

Impeccably crafted and structured, these poems of chaos are contained in neat and beautiful packages. Christopher Davis is a poet through and through, wedded to lyric compression and given to expansive emotional sweeps.

Reviews / Endorsements

"If Christopher Davis were a painter, his poems might look like the work of Francis Bacon, with gouge marks in the canvas. In syntax often fractured, or blown apart entirely by the poems' jet-fuel mixture of eros and thanatos, A History of the Only War gives us the gorgeous/terrifying language of an exploration that is at once sexual and spiritual, bodily and linguistic." —Jeffrey Skinner

From the Book:


This kid, in a convenience store frowned on my fly, fingers moving
under his zipper. I tried hardening my character. He seemed so thin.

Perched cross-legged on the love hotel bed, he looks
very thin. Money he says. I'm broke

I say, offering up half of what the room cost.
He just stares at my bill in the air. Pouting,

whispering something about rice, he shows
his empty wallet. So he's a hungry whore.

Behind his head, beyond the window,
a neon crucifix flickers, shorting out.

CHRISTOPHER DAVIS is the author of The Tyrant of the Past and the Slave of the Future (1990), which won an Associated Writing Programs Poetry Award, and The Patriot (1998), which appeared in the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series. His poems have appeared in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, The Journal, Black Warrior Review, and in several anthologies. Born in Los Angeles, he received an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1985, and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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