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Phebe Davidson is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina Aiken. She is a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review. Her book reviews, poems, and essays appear regularly in print and online. She is a recipient of the Kinloch Rivers, Amelia, Soundpost Press, and Ledge Press manuscript prizes. Earlier collections of her poems include Waking to Light (2012), Plasma Justice (2011), and Seven Mile (2009), all from Main Street Rag Publishing Company.
What Holds Him to this World is the co-winner of the 2013 South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize..
What the Archangel Gains from His Employ
He is much moved
by impermanence, by the sheer
ephemerality of what he sees. There is,
in his continuance, a want he can't define. Yet here,
on this small inelegant world where nothing
stands still, where whole lifetimes come and go in
the merest instant, where things in all their
infinite variation wallow and burgeon and multiply
endlessly, where his hand is in the fall of
every sparrow, where his hand is in the end of
every creature that draws breath,
he feels complete.
óCopyright 2014 Phebe Davidson