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LINE STUDY OF A MOTEL CLERK 

Allison Pitinii Davis speaks Ohioan, as James Wright wryly put it, and gives us a world in this utterly fresh, well-crafted, and exhilarating debut volume.  

—EDWARD HIRSCH, author of Gabriel

This is vital poetry of the working class, for whom "Saying nothing's beyond / our means." —ROCHELLE HURT, author of The Rusted City 

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POPPY SEEDS

Winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize

As the title Poppy Seeds suggests, Allison Davis's poems are hard and small and round enough to travel just about anywhere.

KATHY FAGAN, author of Sycamore 

Davis's sensual, image-laden lines give us a feeling of another country—the old world—but it is also the place we can see all around us—if we open our eyes.

ILYA KAMINSKY, author of Deaf Republic

THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY

Edited by Edward Hirsch

"The Heart of It All + A Free Beer" (Originally printed in The Sycamore Review)

THE MISSOURI REVIEW

Finalist of the Editors' Prize

"The Neighborhood Girls Caught Lordstown Syndrome," "The Neighborhood and Surrounding City, 1926-2019," “The Neighborhood Girls Fantasize About the WKBN Meteorologist,” “The Neighborhood Girls Ask the WKBN Meteorologist,” “10¢ Beer Night at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, June 4, 1974,” “The WKBN Meteorologist Finally Stops by the Dairy Queen,” “The Neighborhood Girls Go On Strike,” “The Neighborhood Girls Offer Me” 

JUKED

Number 17

"The Neighborhood Girls Play the Drinking Game Thunderstruck During the Thunderstorm While Watching WKBN First News Weather Updates,” “The Neighborhood Girls Yank on the Cigarette Machine During Their Partly Cloudy Smoke Break,” and “The Neighborhood Girls Take a Road Trip to Cleveland” 

CRAZYHORSE

Number 89

"In the Back of the Innkeeper's Mind, The Key Rack"

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW 

41.2

“Falls In Love, Or Reads Spinoza,” reprinted in Corpus Poeticum Spinozanum

POECOLOGY

Issue 4

Night Portrait of a Motel Clerk” and “Ohio” 

THE MISSOURI REVIEW

Finalist of Editors' Prize

Poems: “Inheritance," “Arriving in Canada,” “Language Loosened Back,” “The Innkeeper Gets Bad Reception of Cleveland 100.7 FM,” “Dead Language,” “Song of the Dead Office,” and “Greetings from the End of the Line" 

Essay: “The Ethics of Address: Writing to The Rustbelt in the Age of Trump"

INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS:

Line Study of a Motel Clerk:

Poppy Seeds:

  • Review of Poppy Seeds by Erica Spriggs in Poetry International Online (2015)

  • "Midwest Writer Review: On Family and Poetryby Sarah McIntosh at Flyover County Review (2014)

  • Interview with Rachel Roman at The Line Break Open (2013)

  • "Summer Countours" by Kenneth Nichols at Great Writers Steal (2013)