Alexandra Davis lives in Suffolk with her husband and four sons and teaches English. Her poems have appeared in Agenda, Artemis and Emma Press anthologies.
Her poem Stag won the Brian Dempsey Prize in 2017 and resulted in their publishing SPROUTS. The title poem was commended in the Back Room Poets Open Competition in 2015 and Loss was commended by Andrew MacMillan in the Ver Poetry Open Competition in 2016.
Books by Alexandra Davis
TORCHES AND SPARKS
responses to the poetry of the First World War
for Wilfred Owen 1893-1918
The spirit is our vulnerable spot,
hidden in rough-lived grass, and seldom seen.
Exposed to shocks beyond the common realm,
unable to return to somewhere lost,
you sought out lines that claimed new territory.
The landscape of a looted life, made vivid
by war-doomed youth, paints feelings deeply crimson
among the muted meadows of our minds,
finds that same tender place of pain and pity.
You had known love, so physical and real,
were wholly shaped as human man can be;
as such embodied beauty. And could write it –
an early summer ripening in warmth,
too far from family, and home, and hearth,
spills potent seed in flesh-corrupted soils.
Now we will always feel the loss of boy,
of man, naïve salutes at sin they made
before the so-called great war flattened them.
You never saw them live the legacy;
bury the limbs of memory deep beneath
the mud and mire of human-savaged fields
and soldier on, but with something missing;
disabled spirits, eyes downcast and quiet.
These days we dare not deny our war heroes
their money, air-time, charity, attention –
such paltry lessons merely a distraction
from unlearnable ones about destruction.
(From 'Torches and Sparks')