For poet and nurse practitioner Cortney Davis, the truth revealed through poetry is similar to what she has experienced in the heightened and urgent dramas that occur in health care—those suspended moments in which a dying heart might be revived or unbearable suffering relieved. We are vulnerable, her poems say, and we are dependent on one another—on the ways in which we care or fail to care for one another, in how we love or fail to love. In poems that are sensual, emotionally searing, and yet unfailingly tender, Davis shines a caregiver’s light on the most intimate details of the human body and the spirit within—how the flesh might betray, how it endures, and how ultimately it triumphs.
“How incredibly tactile, hands-on, and caring is Cortney Davis’s new collection! In flawlessly crafted poems, both harrowing and celebrating, Davis keeps body contact as she walks us down hospital corridors, looking in on lives in extreme straits (but the looking is in no way off-putting, as too many “medical poems” can be). Why is what Davis relates here given to us as poems? Because the best poetry, like nursing, is focused, concentrated, does not run away or become maudlin, tries to note every important and essential detail, strips things to their essences, and strives for order. Hence, Taking Care of Time.”
—DICK ALLEN, author of Zen Master Poems and Connecticut State Poet Laureate Emeritus
- 2018 1st place, American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards
- 2016 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, Established Poet