In the title poem, poet Melody Davis is both driving a car and navigating a life as she
describes "the ride that carries us, holding the curve."  In this volume we are all along for
the ride, traversing a poetic landscape drawn from such diverse worlds as a Latino
neighborhood in Brooklyn and the author's native Perry County, Pennsylvania.  Nothing
escapes her notice, and through her words the details of everyday life - a vacuum cleaner,
empty jars, her aunts' kitchen sinks - and the lives everyday people on the subway or at the
luncheonette counter, all achieve a grandeur.

"The poems in this refreshing book are made from basic materials, from the things our
hands touch in an ordinary day - a steering wheel, a kitchen sink, a potato, a sock.
Quietly these poems take the world on its own terms.  They are not laden with angst or
despair or longing for some so-called better life.  The life is happening now, and that is
worthy of poetry.  Eventually Melody Davis's poems imply on on-going meditation on art,
how calmly and inexplicably it enters the world, and how suddenly it seems to be life."

                                                                          Maurice Manning

"These poems shine. This is a rousing collection - elegiac, pensive, sparked by the telling
detail, the spot-on phrasing.  Melody Davis is a careful observer of life’s fraught and
beautiful dailiness, and of its inherent nearness to poetry."

                                                                          Frederick Smock

To watch a YouTube video of Melody reading "The Trigonometry of Children" from her
Holding the Curve at Market Block Books in Troy, New York, click here.

Read an interview Melody Davis on the Sage College website:  
Publication Date:  September 10, 2013
Paperback, 88 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-07-6
Melody Davis lived for many years in Sunset Park,
Brooklyn, a Latino neighborhood, after which she returned to her
ancestral home in Perry County, Pennsylvania, a farm and
woodland region.  Her poetry reflects the distinct and diverse
regional culture of both locales.

Davis is the author of
The Center of Distance, poems from
Nightshade Press, and the art critical studies,
The Male Nude in
Contemporary Photography
(Temple University Press), and
Doubling the Vision: Women in Narrative Stereography,
forthcoming from the University Press of New England. She has
been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts senior
fellowship in poetry, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
fellowship in Creative Nonfiction; she was a finalist in the
National Poetry Series and a full fellow in American Art from
the Henry Luce/American Council of Learned Societies. She
has published and read her poetry widely.

Davis is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Art
History at the Sage College of Albany.
New Poems by
Melody Davis