“Sparkling with energy and intelligence, these poems are likes chips in a
mosaic, spare, hard, precise, and with a classic humanity and grace.”
— David Malouf
Sources, Devin Johnston’s third book of poetry, returns ad fontes: to sources in Greek and Latin, secret derivations, wellsprings of feeling, and forces of nature. Sonically alert, these poems attend to the world with restless curiosity: “Pacing rugs/ or battered roads / we wait for what / we know we know.” Charged with expectation, they often take place on thresholds and sills, coming and going between house and street, private involutions and common life, past and present, human and animals, friends and strangers.
About the AuthorBorn in 1970, Devin Johnston is the author of two previous books of poetry, Aversions (Omnidawn, 2004) and Telepathy (Paper Bark Press, 2001). His book of criticism, Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice, appeared from Wesleyan University Press in 2002. With Michael O'Leary, he directs Flood Editions, an independent publisher of poetry. He currently lives in St Louis and teaches at Saint Louis University.
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