Devin Johnston


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.

Shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award

  • “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