An Ethic by Christina Davis
Ethic, An

Foreword by Forrest Gander

Poetry | $15.95
paperback, 68 pages, 6 x 9 in
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-937658-09-0


A striking second collection by a poet of minimalist intimacy and magnifying insights

Christina Davis’s An Ethic begins with the death of a loved one and proceeds to widen the gyre of that loss—as constructs of here and now, near and far, human and animal begin to fall away or be questioned. Compared by Forrest Gander to the works of George Oppen, this minimalist meditation looks back to the 19th century ideals of Muir, Thoreau and Whitman, and forward to a new unity.


“Here is a book that has flapped up out of the startled dark of a parent’s death. Into the moment of recognition of a life apart. A part of life. The syntax, precise and probing, repeatedly extends beyond only apparent completions, beyond easy finalities, into an always unforeseen. As though a living hand were reaching out of the poem and—.”
—Forrest Gander


"An Ethic was borne of the death of a loved one and grabbling with the fact that I am an atheist. Suddenly I had to face the fact that I had no formal structure or palpable framework with which to proceed. It seemed to me like the only place I could start from was, essentially, the earth in which we had put my dad's body. I did not believe in heaven. I did not believe in the afterlife, I knew his body was decaying in the earth, just beginning to be distributed. That's the only thing I knew, and I had to grow my behavior, and even my literary behavior, around and from that humble site."