Alan Davies (poet)

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Alan Davies (born August 26, 1951), is a contemporary American poet, critic, and editor who has been writing and publishing since the 1970s. Today, he is most often associated with the Language poets.

Life and work[edit]

Alan Davies was born in Lacombe, a town in central Alberta, Canada. By the mid-1970s, he was editing a poetry journal, Occulist Witnesses, in the Boston area where he had stayed for a few years after attending Robert Creeley’s poetry class at Harvard Summer School in 1972. By this time he had hand-published John Wieners’ treatise on and for young poets, "The Lanterns along the Wall," which Wieners had written especially for Creeley's class.[1] and began more actively publishing his own poetry. Soon, Davies was forming relations with an experimental group of writers whose practice became determining features of what grew into the Language School. This 'school' was not a group precisely, but a tendency in the work of many of its so-called practitioners.

Davies edited A Hundred Posters, one of the important "little" magazines of the "Language" movement. Subsequently, Davies was included in the crucial anthology devoted to "language-centred" writing: In the American Tree, edited by Ron Silliman (National Poetry Foundation, 1986; 2002).

Alan Davies, who is a Buddhist (as pointed out by Juliana Spahr),[2] is currently living and working in New York City.

Davies was the 2011 writer in residence at the University of Windsor.[3]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ John and the Four Dunn(e)s
  2. ^ "Poetry in a Time of Crisis" links to an article by Spahr which first appeared in Poetry Project Newsletter 189 (2002), 6-8. It was originally written for the "Poetry in a Time of Crisis" panel at the 2001 MLA in December of that year. Much of the talk centers around a reading Alan Davies gave in early October 2001 (shortly after the events of 9/11) at a small café in Brooklyn, New York
  3. ^ "Writer in Residence" University of Windsor website.
  4. ^ this e-book features a point-by-point response by Alan Davies to an open letter sent to him by Miles Champion and the complete text in pdf is offered here. This link also includes a link to bibliography or "Alan Davies Writing Resume"

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