“‘I have become an ordering of the unpredictable,’ Teri Ellen Cross Davis writes in the poem ‘The Goddess of Blood,’ and she could be describing her own work: unpredictable in the best sense, ordering chaos as the best poetry must do. This is an important collection, full of anger and tenderness and a sure command of language.” —Linda Pastan

These poems are hopeful, yes, and also smart and honest. They are as purple as a funky lyric or a keloidal scar. You’ll find resilience and resistance and rough sweet magic in these poems by Teri Ellen Cross Davis. You’ll find the truth.”

Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

My new collection, a more perfect Union, will be available in February of 2021 from Mad Creek Books, an imprint of Ohio State University Press.  The manuscript was selected by Kathy Fagan for the 2019 OSU Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. 


Some poems from this book have been published in Harvard Review, Kestrel, Natural BridgePacific Literary ReviewPankPoetry Ireland Review,Tin House, and upcoming in Rosebud and Kenyon Review

The cover photo was taken by Mignonette Dooley Johnson and the book cover was designed by Angela Moody.

Here is more information about the Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

I am open to readings-virtual (for now) and in person (hopefully when the pandemic ends). Contact me at tecdpoet at gmail.com.

Pre-orders are now available!