Gigs (Sol Books Poetry Series)

Gigs (Sol Books Poetry Series)

Blues in D minor, big bellies over factory belts, and Elvis Presley license plates-Gigs is a collection of poems that shows us the gentle beauty of ordinary life. Davis’s language breathes, without labor. His metaphors fit tight. And the rhythm of each word keeps pace with our innermost beats. Absolutely every poem in this book hammers a rightly strung cord.

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  1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy the best of life, January 9, 2011
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    You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy the best of life. “Gigs” is a collection of poetry focusing on the simpler things and how to enjoy them. Davis speaks plainly yet beautifully, and makes “Gigs” a fine pick. “Legend”: when day condenses/I hear your lips/flatten and spring/like a slinky./Sing my name and let me/watch you knot and unknot your hair./Take me to the delphinium leaves/raging green across your eyes/and breathe into me./My pores are open/like request lines on oldies radio.

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  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    John Davis – Gigs, December 12, 2011
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    Gigs

    John Davis knows the world of gigging well. It is an entire world in itself; a band, on the road, does not follow the conventions of daily life. There is no waking up to the alarm clock at 6.30am, shower and dress, get breakfast for the self and any and all dependents, pack the household off to work and school and then repeat the whole process again in reverse order at 5.30pm. Or something like that. Davis is quick to show us, however, that gigging is not some happy chaos of late, smoky nights and lazy mid-morning rising, a new girl in every new bed. No, gigging is equally as mundane as the 9 to 5 life. It is a parallel world with its own routines and boredoms. And its own heavenly moments. Davis captures all of these moments eloquently in a poetry that walks this side of prose. A beautifully designed book, it is as aesthetically pleasing within as it is without. Technically competent, Davis effortlessly takes us into his parallel world; his intuitive feel for all of this world’s idiosyncrasies and particulars shines through in each verse. You cannot help but be transported to each of the bars, clubs and gigs that Davis puts down on the page – I was there with him at each turn of the page, and turn I did, compulsively. Sol has a way of finding true indy talent. `Gigs’ is just another shining example of this.

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  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    A truly poetic and refreshing outlook on the little things that in reality, are everything., April 13, 2011
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    Davis’ poetry has the same addictive quality to it’s composition that is ever present in the majesty of real music; “Gigs” is the perfect title for Davis’ truly artistic performance. The rhythm with which the piece was composed kept me reading from poem to poem, cover to cover. More than once, I found myself first reading his poetry silently (though often with the warm interruption of laughter), but then re-reading them aloud to hear the very rhythm created by such a skilled craftsmen of modern linguistics. The subject matter of “Gigs” covers things and ideas many of us toy with on a daily basis, but the optimism and humor with which Davis perceives them offers a refreshing perspective that allows the reader to see the silver lining in every day, and could very well change the reader’s perspective on such matters, as it did on a few of mine.

    Now a brief note to the author: It seems we both hail from the same blackberry brambles of The Pacific Northwest and even though your words justify the allure to life here perfectly, This is still MY town. And I’ll fightcha for it.
    I’ll be looking for your name in readings and hoping to get this little beauty signed. My sincere thanks for such a wonderful piece.

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