Baylor professor and writer-in-residence releases new poetry collection

May 7, 2014

William Davis - A new collection of poetry by award-winning poet

WACO, TX – Award-winning poet, Baylor University writer-in-residence and professor of English, Dr. William Virgil Davis, has produced a new collection of original poems titled, The Bones Poems. The book is Davis' fifth and represents a distinct departure from his earlier works.

"This book is unique in that all of the poems are on a single theme," Davis explains. "Indeed, the book can be read as one long poem."

Davis' 2009 collection, Landscape and Journey, won both the New Criterion Poetry Prize and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. Other of his acclaimed works include: Winter Light (1990); The Dark Hours (winner of the 1984 Calliope Press Chapbook Prize); and One Way to Reconstruct the Scene (1980), which earned the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.

Though Bones comes five years after his last book, Davis doesn't consider that a long hiatus by his standards, and reflects his belief that the solo poem is of greater significance.

"My last book of poetry, Landscape and Journey, was published in 2009. That's not very long ago, although I have had long periods between books in the past," he admits. "But I think that individual poems – not books – are what are most important, and I've published a lot of poems, more than 1200 to date."

Though it has only been on the market for about a month, Davis says he is enjoying the warm reception the book is receiving from readers and reviewers alike.

"I've been delighted by the very positive responses I've been getting. As you know, poetry has to find its readers and it looks like this book is finding them quickly."

Davis also writes for periodicals, journals and scholarly books, and is past president of the Texas Institute of Letters. Davis earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, as well as a Master-of-Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The 92-page book is published by Lamar University Press and is available in paperback from Amazon, the publisher and the Baylor Bookstore.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.