John Davis Jr.

11440 Flora Springs Drive
Riverview, FL 33579

Author's Bio

Growing up as a seventh-generation Floridian on a citrus farm, John Davis Jr. understood from an early age the unique rhythms and energies that come from agriculture. The beautiful and pragmatic sensations inherent to growing crops became a constant in the pastoral works of his youth. Since those formative poetic years, the geographic and stylistic scope of Davis's work has broadened. But even now, his ancestors and their land manage to slip their imagery and diction into his poems.

Publications and Prizes

Growing Moon, Growing Soil: Poems of my Native Land
(Outskirts Press, 2005)
, Hard Inheritance
(Five Oaks Press, 2016)
, Middle Class American Proverb
(Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Strong Voices
(Lives You Touch Publications, 2013)
, Thirty-three
(Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Belle Reve Literary Journal, Big River Poetry Review, Cantilevers: A Journal of the Arts, Dash Literary Journal, Deep South Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Floyd County Moonshine, Frigg Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal, Hobo Camp Review, Kentucky Review, Miller's Pond, Nashville Review, Saw Palm, Steel Toe Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Furnace Review, Wayfarer, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Town Creek Poetry
The Boys of Men
(Aldrich Press, 2014)
, The Boys of Men
(Kelsay Books, 2014)
Prizes Won: 
Pushcart Prize nominations, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. First Place: Florida State Poets Association Formal Verse Competition, 2013. Third Place: Robert Frost International Poetry and Haiku Contest, The Studios of Key West, April 2012.Wesley Ryals Award for Creative Writing in Poetry, Florida Southern College, 2002.

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors: 
Peter Meinke, Erica Dawson, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Lucille Clifton, William Carlos Williams, Rita Dove, The Fugitives, Kevin Young, Jake Adam York, C.D. Wright, A.E. Stallings, Robert Wrigley, and so many, many others.

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Caucasian, Christian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Homeless people, Hospital patients, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Jacksonville, FL
Raised in: 
Wauchula, FL
Dusk Catchers “Mosquito Hawks,” the old folks named them: Dragonflies hovering low over our twilight lawn. You and your brother chase them, buzzing in circles about the open grass, snatching at sunset air vibrating in their crooked trails and your laughter. Yards away, the neighbors plan their next purchase as luxury cars glide past our small houses leaving toxic exhaust, emblems and envy strangling struggling, surviving suburbia: BMW—Buying Means Winning. What will you do if you catch one? Once you have stared into its bulbous clear eyes, felt its metallic shock, an almost-sting, like the others, you’ll let it go: concluding that it’s just another thing.
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Last updated: Oct 11, 2017