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By Christina Davis
There are two versions of every life.
In the first one, you get a mother, a father,
You learn to walk, which is only done by walking.
You learn to ask almost anything
"Are you sleeping? Are you beginning
(And whether or not you learn it, life does not penetrate
Life is eight miles long.
You could walk it, and be there before sundown.
The second is told from the point
Christina Davis is the author of "Forth A Raven" (Alice James Books, 2006). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Jubilat, The May Anthologies (selected by Ted Hughes), New Republic, Paris Review and other publications. She is the recipient of residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, she is currently Curator at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University, and the poetry editor of Nightboat Books. In February, Poet Laureate Kay Ryan chose Davis and Mary Szybist for the 2009 Witter Bynner Fellowships, and will introduce the poets on Feb. 26 at the Library of Congress, where they also will give a reading.
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