Georgia Jones-Davis grew up in northern New Mexico and Southern California. She wrote and published poetry while a student at UCLA. After a discouraging poetry workshop experience she spent more than twenty years avoiding poets and poetry. She worked as a literary journalist contributing to The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Mexico Magazine, Southwest Book Views and The San Francisco Chronicle. She worked as a staff writer, editor and book reviewer for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and spent fourteen years as Assistant Book Editor of The Los Angeles Times Book Review. After leaving the news business, poetry, she says she "came back like a long, lost muddy dog." Her work has appeared in Westwind, Brevities, The Bicycle Review, The California Quarterly, Sam Hamil's website Poets Against War, poeticdiversity and South Bank Poetry (London), among other publications. Davis served as a director on the board of the Valley Contemporary Poets that produces poetry readings and events and publishes an anthology; was honored as one of the six Newer Poets 2010 by the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, Beyond Baroque Literary Center and the Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD series. Her poem, "Emily at Auschwitz," was nominated for the anthology, Best on the Web 2010. Her chapbook, Blue Poodle, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.
Three Poems from Blue Poodle
The Day Tumbles Away Like a Butterfly
The day tumbles away
hold a breath hesitate
I bundle up in the surprise of the San Fernando Valley cold,
and the silent checkers eye the clocks in the Sunday evening gloom.
festive piles of small pumpkins, Carnival squash, and Delicata,
crustacean plants determined to lasts forever within protective shells
In the woodsy, smoky, leafy dust of autumn
Even in January
I am frightened.
the sun for us has soared too high.
pears on the property
late in the day, light gold as Russian tea
even in January.
Soon it will be time to prepare supper,
folded cloth napkins, wine glass, a bowl of olives;
that slows the weeks,
that briefly holds the day
© 2011 Georgia Jones-Davis
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