By Christina Davis Christina Davis
It was something to let him go.

          It was a having to believe, furthermore,

in the voyage
of the other, a Ulysses

without an Ithaca,

was to speak
of the sea
without speech
of the shore—

and to have for a body

the going away of the body, to have for eyes
the going away of the eyes. And for hearing,

a silence, where once
were people.

And for comfort, a dwelling
before each
steps into that weather
of which all
strangers speak.

Christina Davis, “Furthermore” from An Ethic. Copyright © 2013 by Christina Davis. Reprinted by permission of Nightboat Books.

Source: An Ethic (Nightboat Books, 2013)

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Poet Christina Davis

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, The Body

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Christina Davis is the author of two collections of poetry: An Ethic (Nightboat Books, 2013) and Forth A Raven (Alice James Books, 2006). She currently serves as curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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