Alan Davies (poet)

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Alan Davies 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.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Selected publications
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 External links


By the mid-1970s, Davies 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] By the time Davies began more actively to publish his own poetry he was forming relations with some experimental writers who would become known as the Language School. This 'school' was not a group precisely, but a tendency in the work of many of its so-called practioners.

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 originally from Canada. He has lived in Boston and is currently living and working in New York City.

Selected publications

  • split thighs. (Dorchester, MA: Other Publications, 1976): poetry
  • A AN AV ES. (Needham, MA: Potes & Poets Press, 1981): poetry
  • Mnemonotechnics. (Hartford, CT: Potes & Poets Press, 1982): poetry
  • ACTIVE 24 HOURS. (New York: Roof Books/Segue Foundation, 1982) ISBN 978-0-937804-11-7: poetry
  • Signage. (New York: Roof Books, 1987) ISBN 978-0-937804-24-7: collection of writings on and about poetry and poets
  • NAME. (Berkeley, CA : This Press, 1986): poetry
  • Candor. (O Books, 1990) ISBN 978-1-882022-08-3: interweaves essays, reviews and poetry
  • RAVE. (New York: Roof Books/Segue Foundation, 1994) ISBN 978-0-937804-55-1: poetry
  • "untitled", Alan Davies, M.M. Winterford. (Gran Canaria : Zasterle Press, 1994) ISBN 978-84-87467-20-2: Untitled collaboration with the photographer M.M. Winterford
  • Sei Shonagon (Hole, 1995) chapbook of poetry
  • Don't Know Alan: Notes on AD, with Miles Champion. (Philadelphia: Slought Books, 2002): essay in e-book format, link here Slought Foundation[3]


  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. ^ 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"
  • What Goes Around Davies' essay/review & reflections on Brenda Iijima’s book Around Sea
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