Faunics is a fully articulated (compactly composed and beautifully structured) book of poems grounded in deep appreciation and knowledge of nature and in sophisticated language play (the sound and the sense), making it a strangely wonderful hybrid: animal kingdom meets Paul Celan. Erudite yet unassuming, each of the small poems in this highly allusive book is like a seed: planted in a reader, it grows and grows. Emily Dickinson. This is a first book that has been quietly germinating for something like thirty years. Jack Davis has cared much more for his craft, for the making, than he has for getting out there and getting ahead. He has finally responded to Pedlar's often-repeated requests for a manuscript, Beth Follett having heard tell of this poetic genius happily working away in obscurity. Author, editor and publisher are perfectly met in Faunics, a poetic project of deep substance and virtuosic musicality.
Jack Davis was born in northern Ontario and lives in Parry Sound. For the past ten summers he has lived and worked at a remote fire lookout in the woods of northernmost northern Alberta. He is a friend to animals. Faunics is his first book.
Stan Dragland is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was educated at The University of Alberta and Queen’s University and is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario. He was founder of Brick Magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Among his books are Wilson MacDonald’s Western Tour (critical collage), Peckertracks (novel), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages (fiction and non-fiction), The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in English Canadian Writing, Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (criticism), Apocrypha: Further Journeys (non-fiction), Stormy Weather: Foursomes (prose poems) and The Drowned Lands (novel).
Gerald Lampert Award 2018, Short-listed
Gerald Lampert Award 2018, Long-listed
This is truly amazing poetry. --Nelson Ball; It's an amazing book, shockingly good. --Darrell Epp; Jack Davis was a student in my creative writing course at the University of Western Ontario about thirty years ago. He was the best writer ever in my many years of teaching that course, and one of the most original poets I have encountered in over forty years of publishing poetry with Brick Books (with a three-year stint as poetry editor for McClelland & Stewart). In other words, he was also *my* teacher. We have stayed in touch over the years. From time to time Jack would send me a poem or small booklet beautifully produced by himself, so I knew he was still working, still producing at a very high level. But he was making these small things mostly for himself. I live with Beth Follett, publisher of Pedlar Press and would always show Beth whatever Jack had sent, while praising his work to the skies. She began regularly inviting him to submit a manuscript. He didn't rush to do so, as probably every other poet in the country would have, but he finally responded to the news that Beth was about to enter her final year of acquisition, and sent the manuscript of *Faunics.*I had volunteered to edit anything Jack submitted, and we went through the editorial process together. To make myself useful, I had to immerse myself in the poems and also seek out many of their eclectic sources so I could be sure of how they were working in the context. This was another learning experience for me, one of the most satisfyingly challenging editorial relationships I have ever had with a poet. The published book will set its author in the ranks of the best poets of this country. --Stan Dragland
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