PICTURES OF AUSTIN'S FIRST EVENT FOR CLOUDY DAYS, STILL NIGHTS
Austin Davis had his first event for his debut poetry collection, Cloudy Days, Still Nights. It was an unquestioned success - many books were sold. I want to take a moment to congratulate Austin on the event and wishes for much success in the future.
A follow-up to the 2014 Kleft Jaw Press poetry collection Clouds of Hungry Dogs, Gabriel Ricard’s 2nd poetry book is about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the reliably hideous. The world is a badly run 1890s-style asylum, but at least there’s a lot of good stuff on TV. Love and Quarters goes deep into love, depression, high adventures in the great outdoors, and whatever the hell else may happen while in transit. No, even these days, it’s still handy to have a few quarters on you.
MORAN PRESS PRESENTS CLOUDY DAYS, STILL NIGHTS POETRY BY AUSTIN DAVIS
I couldn't be prouder to present the paperback edition of Cloudy Days, Still Nights, the first full-length poetry collection by Austin Davis. This book was a year in the making and the team worked tirelessly to create an Arthouse Paperback that's as close to perfect as I know how to make.
Congratulations to Austin Davis - you're officially published!
Huge credit to Anne Segal for designing the beautiful cover. Check out her art page HERE.
The book description from AMAZON
Cloudy Days, Still Nights is a coming of age poetry collection that paints an earnest portrait of falling in love and finding out what this life is all about. At the heart of Cloudy Days, Still Nights is an exploration of youth and love and not overlooking the small beautiful moments in life. This is the first collection from Austin Davis.
The first review, by Tim Taranto, author of ARS BOTANICA
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AUSTIN DAVIS READS FROM CLOUDY DAYS, STILL NIGHTS SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS
Saturday Morning Cartoons
We used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings when the string of tin cans rattling behind the rusty cars outside was strangely unironic. We would lie
with our bellies to the carpet, pressing our faces closer and closer to the screen until Batman’s batarang shocked the tip of our noses. Maybe that’s why I always
thought the neighbor’s hedges were green horses. Imagination was only half the equation. Now, 10 years later, it seems we’ve become accustomed to the dirt roads pulled tight around our skin.
I, for one, never questioned why we got grinning masks for our 18th birthdays instead of lottery tickets or cigars.
We were all adorned with the same disguise - always one size too loose. I guess they wanted our warm breath to suffocate under their scrubbed skin, bleached paler than the lovers that used to live on the moon.
It’s only now, as I wait for you on a morning stained by yellow clouds, that my reflection swirling in the black coffee reminds me more of The Joker.
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If you disappoint your parents, guidance counselor, and all your unassuming mentors more than fifteen times this season, then make sure number sixteen doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Melissa. Or Steph. Molly McPolly.
So I guess you’d be tempted to admire the sorts of names she gets away with using.
But trust me. Trust the guys who are still in love, but who are just barely enlightened enough to understand that even though it’s technically all her fault, all the live long fucking day, no should still mean no.
The deep bruises you wake up with, every other time you go to sleep with her, will have to mean whatever they end up meaning to you in their own delightfully, needlessly complicated way.
Just don’t. Don’t even imagine that she thinks an actual phone call is actually charming in this disgruntled, city-lights-for-ghost-stories era of ours.
Don’t hold open the door for her, and then imagine that good manners are going to save your parents from the burden of not getting grandchildren to emotionally blackmail, or worse.
This girl has a lawyer that she doesn’t pay, but who nonetheless keeps more firearms on hand than you would ever expect from a man who isn’t anti-black, or anti-gay, or anti-immigrant, so much as he’s just super, super pro-white.
She isn’t. That’s not the kind of crazy we’re talking about.
But she keeps him around. She’s also buried her mother a half-dozen times. That’s the kind of thing that we’re talking about.
It’s the kind of crazy that isn’t really fair, if you think about it, since the best of us aren’t really a hell of a lot better.
I’m not, and I’m holding your arm like this, talking to you in the most straightforward approach to mixed tongues I can manage like this, because I don’t think you are either.
And, brother, or whatever the case may be, I can’t recommend your plans to anyone who isn’t morally superior to an unrealistic impression of your secret hero.
Are you up for that kind of thing? Are you honestly listening at all?
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I stand at the podium, looking down on the stage and waiting for the crowd to finish piling in through the rear entrance that faces the worker apartments. The rapist stands to my lower left, immobile as a statue, with eyes scanning the crowd. What does he hope to find? I can never guess. I raise my hand and a hush falls over the room.
“Justice at Holden Farms is simple. All workers get a vote. The vote gets tallied, and I factor it into my decision. I’m the judge, jury, and I will pass the sentence,” I pause and look at the rapist. “And make no mistake. If a death sentence is given, I’ll slit your throat myself.”
The crowd bursts into applause, yet I see no reaction from him. Does he truly have no emotions? Is everything a fake layer? I’ve met a few of my kind, and I can’t see anything that forms a pattern that links us. I find this man to be nothing like me. The clapping fades, and I continue.
“John Smith. You are accused of rape, assault, and being a douchebag. How do you plead?”
“Guilty,” he says, still with no emotion. He will not break, and his eyes remain hard blue-gray steel.
“He pleads guilty.” I saw to the crowd. A mutiny of voices clamor at me, mostly calling for his beheading. “This isn’t Game of Thrones. I won’t be chopping off his head.”
Laughter and a mix of boos litter the air in response.
“Since you do not contest the charges, we will proceed with sentencing.”
The man gives me a simple nod as if agreeing to everything. He does not play the lamb and his eyes continue to bore into mine when I look his way.
“The crowd wants your head, and I might just give it to them,” I say, bringing another roar from the stands.
Execute him in my own personal town square like something out of a Hemingway novel…sexy. I shake the fantasy from my head and clear my throat. I grip the podium tighter and tighter until my knuckles crack.
“No matter the other charges against you, I believe you meant to kill me. Therefore, your life is forfeit.”
Silence falls over the room. I use this moment to pull the knife from a pocket and step from the podium. Five steps bring me to John’s side, and I place the blade against his neck. I must stretch my arm at an uncomfortable angle to reach him and I notice a small smile on his face. After all this, I amuse you? This man baffles me.
“Will anyone speak for his life?” I ask the crowd. This part sounds like useless formality as I can’t imagine anyone speaking for this man.
My question precedes silence. I tap my phone, setting the watch application to one minute. I start the clock and watch it tick and tick, casting an occasional glace at John. His face remains placid except his eyes, which send waves of hatred toward me. The timer reaches zero, and I face the crowd once more.
“I will speak for him.” Ray steps to the base of the stage between John and the crowd. What? My husband wishes to speak. This must be a dream. I don’t know if I want to hear this or not. I could simply slice John’s throat. But I could always wait a moment.
“Go on,” I say as my head pounds from excitement and exhaustion.
“To be blunt, study him. He comes from the bad side, killing innocents without remorse or regard. Test him. Probe his DNA. Isolate what makes him different from…killers who know to limit the options to the guilty.”
He almost said you. I’m not sure I see how his line of thinking can sway me, but I motion for him to continue.
“We can afford to hire the best scientists to poke and prod and test until we discover the defective gene that causes this level of psychopathy. Perhaps, the future can be rid of his kind.”
If I kill him, only he dies. Perhaps I can kill anyone like him with something akin to a vaccine. Take this shot; stop being a psychopath. Would it work on me? Is that what Ray wants?To find a fucking cure for me? I’m seeing things out of him of late that concern me. We will have to talk.
“Crowd, what say you? Live or keep him as a lab rat science experiment?”
“Murderer! Kill him! Hang him!” the crowd seem to be of one mind, nearly in unison. A very few vote for science pet.
As much as I want to promote science, I can’t allow a killer of women to remain alive. Bending my knees, I launch myself up at him, driving the blade into his neck. Dragging the knife down his neck, I use my weight to sever his vocal cord, spraying a torrent of blood in the air.
Cheers erupt and I turn to the crowd with blood dripping down my face onto my dress. Folding the knife, I walk from the stage to the sound of applause.
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After many revisions and a lot of work, the cover for Cloudy Days, Still nights is finally ready. The book will soon be available from the author, Austin Davis, Amazon, and MoranPress.com.
Much gratitude to Anne Segal, the artist that created this beautiful cover. She worked tirelessly to bring Austin's vision to life and I'm thrilled with the result. Check out her website HERE.
I am excited to share this poetry collection. In an age of negativity and bad news on the television, this book will serve as a blast of fresh cool air for readers. Filled with earnest love poems and wistful remembrances of youth, this collection will make your heart smile and brighten your day.