Baobab Press, 2017


"This book refuses the notion that poetry is an enterprise of the elite. In Line Study of a Motel Clerk, interstate truck drivers, laundrymen, and desk clerks have as much wisdom and beauty to offer as Reznikoff, Spinoza, and Mayakovsky. Allison Pitinii Davis knows that the poet, too is a worker, 'straightening / endings and beginnings / into a line.' As a daughter of converging diasporas, she is a 'great bearer of keys,' opening doors to a family history that reveals the links between language and survival, between past and present, between the personal and the political. This is vital poetry of the working class, for whom 'Saying nothing’s beyond / our means.' In carefully crafted lines that fuse passion and wit, Davis does more than pay tribute to her home, a place shrouded in dark myth: she dives into wreck, questions her place there, and pulls up the truth." -Rochelle Hurt

Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis

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