The Yawp Barbaric: Avoidance and Confrontation


yawp.widea_How does a poet discuss the “BIG” issues of our culture? By “BIG”, I mean, “CONTROVERSIAL”. Jon Davis asks that question. To answer it he turns to Dana Levin’s “Moo and Thrall”.

Read his exploration of issues in poems and Levin’s wonderful handling of them HERE.

Jon Davis is the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe. He teaches creative writing at the Institute for American Indian Arts. His most recent book is Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press 2010)

The Yawp Barbaric is a 20-part series about poetry appearing in Santa Fe’s local alt newspaper The Reporter. The series name comes from the poet Walt Whitman, who wrote “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”