Something else that comes through wonderfully in the first leg of this book is the use of sound, despite this being so-called page poetry. Visually alone it’s easy to spot that Davis has matched his words well in terms of their construction on the page and equally in terms of their out-loud pairings, making for words that complement each other well and add a notable rhythm to many of the pieces in the book too.
Technical skill aside – although let’s not downplay it, these poems are technically well-written – Davis also shows a talent for killer lines, I give you (my favourite poem so far) ‘Unstoppable’ as an illustration of this: ‘She looked as though / she were trying to see / right through the world / at something she needed / on the other side’. So beautiful are some lines, indeed whole pieces, that it feels impossible to rush through this collection in case something important and well-crafted slips you by on the way – which is something that all readers of poetry want to avoid, I’m sure.
Not so much a quick read as a read that needs to be enjoyed and appreciated one poem at a time, Davis is pouring pieces of himself on pages and asking that we take the time to read them – and I for one am in no rush to finish this book. To enjoy Kieran Davis’ Legacy/legacy with me, you can purchase a copy now from the Black Pear Press website by clicking here.