A Persevering Witness

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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Davey is Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto, Ontario. She is coauthor of Climbing the Spiritual Mountain (2014).


Margaret Avison, in the very best sense a regional writer, is deeply rooted in a specific community which has nourished her thought and shaped her deepest meditation week by week. Elizabeth Davey, herself an intimate of that community, expertly situates Avison's poetry in the rich milieu of her religious and communal life, and in so doing helps the reader understand the acute angularity and spiritual resonances of Avison's verse. For many readers it will be most helpful that Davey shows how thoughtfully Avison reads and innovatively evokes biblical language and thought in her poetry.
--David Lyle Jeffrey, FRSC, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities,
Honors Program, Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion, Baylor University

Elegant, sensitive, inspiring, and challenging. As the reader journeys into the poems of Margaret Avison with Davey they are in the company of an expert guide to and commentator on both the spiritual and the literary possibilities of Avison's poetry. No dry literary criticism here, but life-enhancing interpretation and response to Avison's often oblique call to Christian witness. Meticulously researched and beautifully written. Davey serves both Avison and the reader very well indeed.
--Bernard C. Farr, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies